That would be the equivalent of a 10% cut across all programmes and benefits and Social Welfare was singled out by Barry Andrews for severe cuts on The Week In Politics which lends credence to this story. But as it is unlilkely to be applied that way I assume some payments/benefits are for the chop, means testing brought in a number of the freebies like the TV licence, travel etc as well some across the board cuts of maybe 10% in Unemployment payments, circa 20/week, and 5% in pensions, circa 11/week. The one hit I can definitely see happening with a circa 2billion cut is the additional 37/month child benefit for the 3rd and subsequent child.A spokesman for the Minister said last night there are no imminent plans for a voluntary redundancy programme. It has also been suggested that the social welfare budget which accounts for one-third of overall current spending could be cut by up to 2 billion in the budget.
Cabinet meets to decide range and extent of budget cuts - The Irish Times - Mon, Oct 25, 2010