Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Questions (231)

Róisín Shortall


231. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of members of the Defence Forces that are receiving working family payments; the overall annual cost of these payments to members of the Defence Forces; the largest sum paid to a member of the Defence Forces in the past year for which figures are available; and the average sum paid. [41384/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is a weekly tax-free payment which provides additional income support to employees on low earnings with children. WFP is designed to prevent in-work poverty for low paid workers with child dependents and to offer a financial incentive to take up employment.

The figures for Defence Force members in receipt of WFP are as follows:

Working Family Payments


Number of Defence Force members currently in receipt of WFP:


Overall annual expenditure on WFP paid to Defence Force Members:


Largest sum paid to a Defence Force member during past year:

€217.00 (p/w)

Average WFP sum paid to Defence Force members:

€71.44 (p/w)

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy