Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (386, 387, 389)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

386. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Social Protection the cost of increasing family income supplement payments to 70% of the difference between the income limit for family size and the family's assessable income. [22456/14]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

387. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of households in receipt of a family income supplement payment; the total number of children this involves; and the size of the average FIS payment. [22457/14]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

389. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Social Protection the cost of increasing the qualified child increase by €5, €7.50 and €10, respectively. [22459/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 386, 387 and 389 together.

The cost of increasing the family income supplement (FIS) multiplier by 10 percentage points, from 60% to 70%, is estimated at approximately €43 million in a full year (costing is based on the estimated number of weekly recipients in 2014). The data requested by the Deputy in relation to the FIS scheme are outlined in the following table (position as at end-April, 2014).

FIS Scheme

Data

No. of households receiving FIS

44,405

No. of children included on FIS claims

98,679

Average weekly payment value

€114.45

The cost of increasing the qualified child increase by €5 per week is €97 million in a full year. Accordingly, the cost of increasing this payment by €7.50 per week or €10 per week is €145 million or €193 million, respectively, in a full year.