Budget 2017: When do the main measures kick in?

Social welfare allowances will only be increased in March

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Minister Michael Noonan is pictured on TV screens in Arnotts in Dublin presenting Budget 2017 to the Dáil | Photo: RollingNews.ie

Budget 2017 is out, and tax cuts, social welfare increases and a help-to-buy scheme are among the headline measures.

But when do the changes come into effect?


  • Excise duty on a packet of 20 cigarettes increases by 50 cents


  • Christmas bonus is restored to 85% of a social welfare recipient's weekly payment

January 1st

  • Three lowest USC rates fall by 0.5%
  • Home carer tax credit goes up to €1,100
  • Earned income credit for the self-employed rises to €950


  • Applications for the help-to-buy scheme open

March 1st

  • Cap on prescription changes for over-70s reduces to €20


  • State pension increases by €5
  • Carer's, jobseeker's and disability allowances all rise by €5
  • Jobseeker's allowance for under-26s goes up by between €2.70 to €3.80


  • Single affordable childcare scheme opens