Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has indicated there will be no cuts in weekly social welfare payments in next month's Budget.

Speaking at an Age Action conference this morning, the minister said she was absolutely confident that she would be able to protect weekly social welfare payments such as the Jobseeker's Allowance and the State Pension.

But she added that the final negotiations were yet to take place with her Cabinet colleagues.

The minister also confirmed that eligible people will not lose their entitlement to the travel pass.

Ms Burton indicated that she had been requested to make a €440m adjustment in her department, but added that figure was up for negotiation.