Thursday, 1 March 2012

Questions (136)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

137 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of lone parents receiving one-parent family payment who are in work, yet are below the 19-hour threshold to qualify for family income supplement. [12068/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

There were 90,267 recipients of One-parent Family Payments at the end of January 2012 with payments being made in respect of 149,196 qualified children. It is estimated that approximately 46% of the recipients are in paid employment.

Information concerning the working patterns of recipients of One-Parent Family Payment is not collated by my Department. Therefore, it is not possible to identify what proportion of the 46% estimated to be in paid employment have fewer than 19 hours of work. However, I can inform the Deputy that 6,212 recipients of One-Parent Family Payment are also in receipt of Family Income Supplement, indicating that they have more than 19 hours' paid employment while still being on low income.