Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

777 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs the numbers receiving the maternity allowance; and the annual cost from 1995 and to date in 2000. [20309/00]

The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the following tables.

Table 1: Number of Recipients of Maternity Benefit at 31 December, 1995-2000

£000

1995

3,889

1996

4,592

1997

5,512

1998

5,453

1999

6,008

2000*

6,198

Table 2: Number of Maternity Benefit Claims Awarded during the Year, 1995-2000.

£000

1995

15,664

1996

17,628

1997

19,796

1998

22,384

1999

23,851

2000*

19,004

Table 3: Expenditure on Maternity Benefit, 1995-2000

£000

1995

27,273

1996

29,839

1997

34,058

1998

38,208

1999

41,530

2000*

32,492

*Data for 2000 relates to the period up to 23 September.
Question No. 778 taken with Question No. 109.
Question No. 779 taken with Question No. 143.

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

780 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs the number of those receiving the carer's allowance; and the number in each case who receive under £10, under £20, under £30, under £40, under £50, under £60, under £70 and under £80. [20347/00]

The information requested by the Deputy is not readily available within my Department. However, the pensions development area of the Department is currently working on a program to retrieve the statistics requested from the Department's database. It is expected that these figures will be available by Friday, 6 October 2000 and they will be forwarded directly to the Deputy.

Question No. 781 taken with Question No. 143.