Written Answers. - Social Welfare Payments.

Noel Ahern

Question:

108 Mr. N. Ahern asked the Minister for Social Welfare the number of area allowance payments made by the various partnerships up to the end of 1996; and if he will give statistics which show the success or otherwise of the scheme. [3989/97]

The information requested by the Deputy is as follows:

Partnership Area

Numbers at 31 December 1996

Mayo

227

Kerry South

82

Cork City

36

Drogheda

12

Dublin Inner City

161

Ballymun

60

Clondalkin

156

Tallaght

195

Finglas

79

Northside (Coolock)

177

Blanchardstown

95

Dundalk

52

Limerick City

95

Tralee

65

Waterford County

55

Wexford

96

Total

1,643

An independent evaluation of the area allowance has been under way for some time and the consultants' report will be available in the coming weeks. A detailed assessment of the effectiveness of the scheme will be made in the light of the report.