Why squeezed singles have been left behind in recent budgets

Smart Money: A typical PAYE single worker got €16 a week from last three budgets - many self-employed couples have got €40

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: What has he really done for single employees?  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: What has he really done for single employees? Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Single people on average PAYE salaries had little joy in this week’s budget package. This maintains a trend under this Government which – despite its rhetoric– has delivered little in terms of extra tax home pay to this group in its three budgets. Some earners with children and the self-employed have done better, but all the talk of abolishing the USC and transforming live for middle earners has been forgotten.

Here are the numbers – and the reasons – why this happened.

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