Written Answers. - Social Welfare Payments.

Tuesday, 12 November 2002

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 557 No. 1

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  488.  Dr. Upton  Information on Mary Upton  Zoom on Mary Upton   asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   further to Parliamentary Question No. 1680 of 9 October 2002, the number of pensioners and other claimants who avail of the electronic transfer fund; and if these payments will be aligned with all weekly payments. [21658/02]

Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  The number of beneficiaries receiving their payments by means of electronic fund transfer, EFT, stands at 360,000. The EFT payment frequency is aligned with other payment methods in the case of child benefit, 154,000, and also in the case of beneficiaries receiving payments under a variety of schemes which are short-term in nature, 94,000. In the case of beneficiaries receiving pensions and similar payments of a long-term nature the EFT payment to some 92,000 is made two weeks in arrears and in the case of the remaining 20,000 it is one week in arrears. When payment by EFT was introduced [300] for long-term payments in 1993, payment was made four week in arrears.

I intend to make further progress on aligning the payment frequency in these cases during 2003.

No. on EFT EFT Compared to other Payment Methods
PSO Schemes: 92,176 2 weeks in arrears
Longford Schemes:
Disability Allowance 10,308 1 week in arrears
Invalidity 9,278 1 week in arrears
Carers Allowance 1,147 1 week in arrears
Total 20,733 1 week in arrears
Carers Benefit 326 aligned
Maternity 7,838 aligned
ISTS (excluding Longford)
DG 10,261 aligned
UB 25,288 aligned
UA 12,603 aligned
S/H and FA 1,684 aligned
SWA 8,930 aligned
BTW (ISTS) 22,277 aligned
PRETA 1,426 aligned
BTW (pen live) 2,895 aligned
Total 93,528 weekly aligned
CTBO
CB 154,053 monthly aligned
Overall Total 360,490


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