Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Questions (231)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

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:

90

Overall annual expenditure on WFP paid to Defence Force Members:

€334,360.00

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