Those set to benefit from this years budget are primarily the unemployed, disabled, pensioners and lone parents.
USC: 2.5% rate reduced to 2%, €600 increase to €18,772 band ceiling, 5% rate reduced to 4.75%
Sugar Tax: 5 grams & 8 grams per 100ml at a rate of 20c per litre & a second rate will apply for drinks with a sugar content of 8 grams or above at 30c per litre.
Tobacco Products Tax: 20 cigarettes will increase by 50 cents with an additional 25c on roll your own tobacco. Commencing from midnight 10th October 2017.
Sun Beds: There will be a big increase in the VAT rate on sunbeds from 13.5% to 23% which will come into affect from the 1 January 2018.
Stamp Duty: Non-Residential Property will increase from 2% to 6%.
Prescription charge: Reduction in prescription charges for all medical card holders under 70 from €2.50 to €2 per item with cap of €20.
Gardai: 800 new guards will be introduced.
Special Needs: 1,000 new special needs assistants.
Social Welfare: As mentioned €5 per week increase in all social welfare payments. Christmas bonus of 85% will be given again this year.
State Pension: €5 increase in State pension from the end of next March.
Lower Tax Band: €750 increase to €34,550.