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Social Welfare Benefits.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 22 March 2005

Tuesday, 22 March 2005

Questions (284, 285)

David Stanton

Question:

284 Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the number of housing units for which the supplementary rent allowance was awarded in 2003 and 2004 in each health board area respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8868/05]

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David Stanton

Question:

285 Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the outturn for the supplementary welfare scheme for 2003 and 2004 in each health board area in respect of supplementary rent, supplementary basic and supplementary special needs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8869/05]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 284 and 285 together.

The details sought by the Deputy are set out in the following tables. It should be noted that rent supplement is normally payable directly to the tenants concerned, not to their landlords. The statistics shown in tables one and two relate to the number of applicants and recipients, and do not necessarily equate to a number of housing units as recipients may move location during the period.

Expenditure on rent supplement in 2004, at nearly €354 million, was some 7% higher than in 2003, notwithstanding the adjustments made to the scheme conditions at the start of last year. By comparison, expenditure on basic supplementary welfare allowances and exceptional needs respectively was lower in the corresponding periods.

TABLE 1

Number of recipients of rent supplement by health board at end 2003 and end 2004 respectively.

Rent Supplement

2003

2004

ERHA

25,523

25,711

Midland

2,319

2,090

Mid-Western

4,348

4,163

North Eastern

3,374

2,876

North Western

2,738

2,535

South Eastern

6,190

6,018

Southern

8,985

8,539

Western

6,499

5,942

Total

59,976

57,874

TABLE 2

Total number of rent supplements awarded in 2003 and 2004 by health board.

Rent Supplement

2003

2004

ERHA

21,036

16,611

Midland

2,432

1,841

Mid-Western

4,208

3,466

North Eastern

3,202

2,019

North Western

2,964

2,164

South Eastern

5,866

4,809

Southern

7,900

6,598

Western

6,142

4,330

Total

53,750

41,838

TABLE 3

Gross expenditure on basic SWA, rent supplement and exceptional and urgent needs payments by health board in 2003

Basic SWA*

Rent Supplement

Exceptional and urgent needs payments

€000

€000

€000

ERHA

98,738

176,497

24,896

Midland

10,102

11,158

1,652

Mid-Western

13,719

18,767

4,647

North Eastern

17,981

15,962

1,889

North Western

8,189

9,364

2,574

South Eastern

20,637

28,553

6,731

Southern

25,169

41,531

8,304

Western

20,626

29,638

4,736

Total

215,161

331,470

55,429

TABLE 4

Gross expenditure on basic SWA, rent supplement and exceptional and urgent needs payments, 2004 (provisional).

Basic SWA*

Rent Supplement

Exceptional/ urgent needs payments

€000

€000

€000

Total

209,211

353,778

51,328

Note: Detailed outturns have not been fully compiled yet in respect of individual boards.

*This is the gross expenditure on supplementary welfare allowance before inter-scheme adjustments and refunds are taken into account.

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