Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath has announced a social protection package worth €1 billion in the Budget.

Core social welfare payments are to increase by €12 per week with proportionate increases for qualified adults.

The Working Family Payment thresholds are to increase by €40 per week.

The Qualified Child Increase for children aged under 12 will be raised to €42 per week and for over 12s to €50 per week.

For over 70s, the weekly Fuel Allowance means limit is to be increased to €500 for single people and €1,000 for couples.

A double Child Benefit payment (worth €140 per child) will be paid in November in addition to the normal monthly payment.

A once-off double week "Cost of Living Support" payment to social welfare recipients in October - this will include pensioners, carers, people on disability payments and jobseekers.

An additional €500 will be paid in November for those receiving the Working Family Payment.

An additional €500 for Carer's Support Grant recipients will be paid in November.

Once-off payment before Christmas of €200 will be paid to recipients of the Living Alone Allowance.

Once-off payment of €500 will be paid in November to those who qualify for the Disability Allowance, the Invalidity Pension and the Blind Pension.

The normal Christmas Bonus will be paid in early December for social welfare recipients.

The rate of Domiciliary Care Allowance is to increase by €20.50 to €330 per month.

It will also be made available to parents of babies who have to remain in hospital for six months.

The top-up payment to participants on the Community Employment, TÚS and Rural Social Scheme will be raised by €5 to €25 per week.

"Taken together, the measures we are rightly introducing this year and in 2023 represent very substantial State support for the most vulnerable," the Minister said.

"By means of example - a single pensioner, living alone, in receipt of Fuel Allowance will receive an additional €2,375 between now and the end of 2023 as a result of the announcements I am making today," Mr McGrath added.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) said that while there are some welcome aspects to Budget 2023, the one-off measures will not stem a rise in poverty.

SVP said that the cost-of-living package will help people get through this winter but next year people on low incomes will be pulled further into poverty due to inadequate social welfare increases and a failure to increase or expand the Fuel Allowance to families on the Working Family Payment.

Budget fails low paid - ICTU

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has said that while Budget 2023 contains a number of positive measures it falls short in terms of protecting low-paid and low-income households from inflation.

"The grossly inadequate 80c increase in the minimum wage and the €12 increase in core social welfare rates will mean that low-paid workers and households living on fixed social welfare rates will see a decline in real incomes," said ICTU General Secretary Patricia King.

ICTU said that the increase in the income tax standard rate cut-off point will disproportionately benefit the better off.

It did acknowledge that a number of positive measures were announced including the reduction in early years' fees, the continuation of lower public transport prices, the introduction of free school books, and reductions in health charges.