Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 703 No. 4

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  354.  Deputy Charlie O’Connor  Information on Charlie O'Connor  Zoom on Charlie O'Connor   asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   the amount paid out by the State in 2009 on rent supplements. [10121/10]

Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Deputy Mary Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  The purpose of the rent supplement scheme is to provide short-term support, to eligible people living in private rented accommodation whose means are insufficient to meet their accommodation costs and who do not have accommodation available to them from any other source.

As at December 2009, 92,300 people were in receipt of rent supplement. The total paid out by the State in 2009 on rent supplement, for year ending December 2009, was €511m.

  355.  Deputy Charlie O’Connor  Information on Charlie O'Connor  Zoom on Charlie O'Connor   asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   the amount provided by the State in 2009 in respect of lone parents payments. [10122/10]

Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Deputy Mary Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  The expenditure on lone parents schemes administered by the Department for 2009 was as follows:

[870]2009 Provisional Outturn

Funding source Scheme €000
Vote 38 One Parent Family Payment 1,117,840
Deserted Wives Allowance 5,978
Social Insurance Fund Deserted Wives Benefit 100,494

The figures shown are provisional pending completion of audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Other supports available to lone parents include rent supplement, family income supplement, fuel allowance and reduced rate on illness benefit, jobseeker’s benefit or occupational injuries benefit.


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