Written Answers. - Social Welfare Payments.

Tuesday, 27 February 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 462 No. 2

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  206.  Mr. J. Walsh  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   asked the Minister for Social Welfare  Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa   the number of households in the country which are receiving some form of social welfare payment; and the number of households receiving more than one payment. [4135/96]

Minister for Social Welfare (Proinsias De Rossa): Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  The information sought by the Deputy is not available as statistics are compiled on an individual and not on a household basis.

Most of the data available on social welfare payments is given in “Statistical Information on Social Welfare Payments 1994”, which is published annually by the Department. The 1995 report will be available by mid-year.

  207.  Mr. J. Walsh  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   asked the Minister for Social Welfare  Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa   the net change over the past 12 months in the number of people receiving each type of social welfare payment; and the net cost change in each instance. [4136/96]

Minister for Social Welfare (Proinsias De Rossa): Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  The following tables show the change in the number of recipients and in the level of expenditure between December 1994 and December 1995.

Type of Benefit, Pension or Assistance Recipients Increase (Decrease)
1994 1995
Old Age Pension (Contributory) 70,820 69,348 (1,472)
Retirement Pension 62,211 64,860 2,649
Old Age Pension (Non-Contributory) 108,301 105,733 (2,568)
Pre-Retirement Allowance 15,284 14,762 (522)
Total Old Age 256,616 254,703 (1,913)
[421][422]Disability Benefit 41,869 43,211 1,342
Invalidity Pension 40,226 40,765 539
Injury Benefit 740 736 (4)
Interim Disability Benefit 854 855 1
Disablement Benefit 8,646 8,916 270
Death Benefit Pension 499 498 (1)
Disabled Persons Maintenance Allowance 34,319 n.a. n.a.
Workmen's Compensation Supplements 5 4 (1)
Total Illness (excluding disabled person's maintenance allowance) 92,839 94,985 2,146
Survivor's Pension (1) 90,671 94,056 3,385
Widow's Pension (Non-Contributory) 19,043 19,119 76
Deserted Wife's Benefit 13,662 14,182 520
Deserted Wife's Allowance 2,095 2,108 13
Prisoner's Wife's Allowance 7 7 0
Lone Parent's Allowance 40,700 44,469 3,769
Maternity Benefit 3,971 4,341 370
Health and Safety Benefit (2) 4 16 12
Adoptive Benefit 5 5
Orphan's Allowance (Contributory) 709 745 36
Orphan's Pension(Non-Contributory) 237 288 51
Supplementary Welfare Allowance (3) 16,800 18,800 2,000
Family Income Supplement 10,671 10,866 195
Carer's Allowance 5,056 6,525 1,469
Total Family Income Support 203,626 215,527 11,901
Unemployment Benefit 60,708 56,580 (4,128)
Unemployment Assistance 193,278 198,019 4,741
Smallholders 10,276 9,901 (375)
Total Unemployment 264,262 264,500 238
Rent Allowance 794 756 (38)
Total Miscellaneous 794 756 (38)
Total (excluding disabled person's maintenance allowance) 818,137 830,471 12,334
Child Benefit 482,592 491,520 8,928
Treatment Benefit(4) 137,783 139,980 2,197
Free Schemes 974,272 1,012,153 37,881
Total Non-Weekly Payments 1,594,647 1,643,653 49,006

n.a.= not available.

1. Payment introduced on 28 October 1994 to include widowed women and men. It incorporates the Widow's Contributory Pension.

2. Scheme introduced on 19 October 1994.

3. Latest date available as at December 1995. Includes basic weekly payments only.

4. Refers to number of claims.

Type of Benefit, Pension or Assistance Recipients Increase (Decrease)
1994 1995
£000 £000 £000
Old Age (Contributory) Pension 314,997 316,900 1,903
Retirement Pension 256,132 280,300 24,168
Old Age (Non-Contributory) Pension 319,076 317,200 (1,876)
Pre-Retirement Allowance 58,906 57,200 (1,706)
Disabled Persons' Maintenance Allowance (a) 48,000 48,000
Disability Benefit 165,431 167,700 2,269
Invalidity Pension 171,165 176,300 5,135
Injury Benefit (including interim DB) 5,544 5,700 156
Disablement Benefit 30,114 32,442 3,328
Death Benefit 2,409 2,438 29
Workmen's Compensation Supplements 19 18 (1)
Medical Care 106 102 (4)
Death Grants 972 930 (42)
Survivor's Pension (1) 306,237 342,150 35,913
Widow's (Non-Contributory) Pension 56,039 58,220 2,181
Orphan's (Non-Contributory) Pension 470 580 110
Deserted Wife's Benefit 65,834 70,100 4,266
Deserted Wife's Allowance 6,359 6,675 316
Prisoner's Wife's Allowance 20 25 5
Lone Parent's Allowance 170,493 194,300 23,807
Maternity Benefit 24,353 27,300 2,947
Health and Safety Benefit 50 50
Adoptive Benefit 60 60
Orphan's (Contributory) Allowance 1,521 1,750 229
Supplementary Welfare Allowance 108,106 119,500 11,394
Family Income Supplement 20,825 21,300 475
Carer's Allowance 14,370 20,200 5,830
Unemployment Benefit 231,155 204,800 (26,355)
Unemployment Assistance 799,518 798,900 (618)
Employment Support Services (b) 20,515 44,400 23,885
Rent Allowance 751 710 (41)
Sub Total 3,151,437 3,316,250 (164,813)
Free Schemes (b) 124,570 134,320 9,750
Treatment Benefit 23,735 25,650 1,915
Child Benefit 265,469 301,000 35,531
Miscellaneous (b) 12,054 13,409 1,355
Total 3,577,265 3,790,629 213,364

(a) DPMA was funded from Social Welfare Vote from August 1995.

(b) See Additional Expenditure details, attached.

Type of Benefit, Pension or Assistance Expenditure
1994 1995
£000 £000
1. Employment Support Services
Back to Work Allowances 9,207 25,200
Student's Summer Job Scheme 4,769 10,100
Area Based Enterprise Allowance 3,332 4,050
Third Level Allowances 2,009 3,300
Part-time Job Incentive Scheme 1,198 1,205
Other payments 545
Total 20,515 44,400
2. Free Schemes
Free Fuel Allowances 39,903 42,800
Free Travel 29,561 31,300
Free Electricity 25,022 26,020
Free Bottled Gas 76 70
Free Natural Gas 515 560
Free Television Licence 9,696 10,380
Free Telephone Rental 19,797 23,190
Total 124,570 134,320
3. Miscellaneous
Combat Poverty Agency 1,612 1,920
Grants to Voluntary Bodies 9,722 10,759
School Meals 720 730
Total 12,054 13,409


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