Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Questions (207)

Paul Kehoe


207. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 618 of 30 January 2018, the number of ENP applications made in each county; the number that were refused; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8954/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Under the supplementary welfare allowance (SWA) scheme, my Department may make a single exceptional needs payment (ENP) to help meet essential, once-off expenditure which a person could not reasonably be expected to meet out of their weekly income. The Department may make an urgent needs payment (UNP) to a person who may not normally qualify for SWA but who have an urgent need which they cannot meet from their own resources or an alternative is not available at that time. The Government has provided over €36.4 million for ENPs and UNPs in 2018.

Statistics are maintained relating to payments under the ENP and UNP schemes, however they are not maintained on the number of applications or the outcome of those applications. There were over 103,000 ENPs and UNPs issued under the scheme in 2017.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.