RTÉ News will be broadcasting a week-long series of reports in the build-up to this year's Budget, which will be delivered by Ministers Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Minister Howlin will outline the spending cuts to be made in areas such as health, education and social welfare.

Among the measures to be officially announced by Minister Noonan will be the increase in the VAT rate from 21% to 23%.


In part one, Samantha Libreri looks at the effect that the VAT increase and changes to sick pay will have on small businesses.

In part two, Philip Bromwell visited Celbridge, Co Kildare to speak to a single mother of four children who is dreading the cuts to come.

In part three, Philip Bromwell talks to students who are worried about the possible reintroduction of tutition fees or cuts to grants.

In part four, Ciaran Mullooly visited Longford town, which has hopes for new Government initiatives to stimulate growth.

In part five, Samantha Libreri meets Margaret White who cares for her severely disabled 34-year-old son


Morning Ireland reporter Cian McCormack travelled the country to hear how people and businesses are coping in the recession.