Pensioners and parents can expect a budget boost – The Irish Times

Measures to help families with the cost of childcare and a €5 increase in the State pension are being considered as Ministers work to finalise the details of the budget.

Senior Government figures have long flagged that €1 billion in new spending measures will focus on efforts to counter the rising cost of living.

And parents of creche-going children and pensioners are in line to see a boost as part of that strategy.

Backbench Coalition TDs have been pressing for enhanced childcare supports and an increase in the State pension, with some suggesting the latter should be increased by as much as €10 a week.

The Irish Times understands the more likely sum will be €5 a week.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar offered the strongest signal yet that both issues are being examined ahead of Tuesday’s political set piece.

Mr Varadkar said he could not

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