The Irish government approves the cost-of-living plan

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A targeted cost-of-living package and some universal payments have been approved by the Irish government.

It includes €400 million (£352 million) to be set aside for social safety net programs.

After specifics were decided upon during a meeting on Monday night, the plan was approved by the cabinet on Tuesday morning.

The measures include a €100 (£88) lump sum payment of child benefit per child and an additional €100 for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.

The Working Family Payment, low-income families, single parents, and recipients of disability benefits will all receive an additional €200 (£176) in April.

Pensioners will also receive a bonus payment of €200 (£176).

However, Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar confirmed that there won't be a €200 (£176) extra energy payment in May and that this will be revisited in the following budget.

The 9 percent VAT rate on gas and electricity, which was scheduled to increase at the end of the month, will remain in effect, he continued.

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