Budget 2021: From a Carbon Tax hike to the Help to Buy extension

At lunchtime the Government will reveal details of the Budget 2021. Here’s everything we know so far…

Social Protection

■ The Christmas Bonus for welfare recipients like pensioners and jobseekers will be paid this year. It will also be paid to most people in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). Ordinarily, a person must be on a welfare support for 15 months to qualify for the Christmas bonus. However,

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U.S. Travel calls for another extension on Real ID: Travel Weekly

With the Real ID deadline one year away, the U.S. Travel Association called for a deadline extension, saying “full compliance is not realistically within reach” by next October.  

Citing data showing that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that just over one third of Americans have Real IDs, U.S. Travel said that the deadline could endanger the recovery of a badly wounded travel industry.

“The last thing the struggling

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