Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (349)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

349. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons who received an exceptional needs payment by county in 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12672/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Under the supplementary welfare allowance (SWA) scheme, the 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. An urgent needs payment (UNP) may be made to persons who may not normally qualify for SWA but who have an urgent need which they cannot meet from their own resources or where an alternative is not available at that time.

In total €38.8 million has been provided for ENPs and UNPs in 2019. The following table shows the number of ENPs and UNPs made per county in 2018 and to date in 2019.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Number of ENPs and UNPs 2018-2019 by County

County

2018

2019 (End Feb)

CARLOW

1,015

153

CORK

14,703

1,705

CLARE

4,559

599

CAVAN

526

122

DONEGAL

2,193

369

DUBLIN

31,777

5,295

GALWAY

3,303

446

KERRY

3,206

644

KILDARE

3,707

618

KILKENNY

1,635

264

LAOIS

3,803

720

LEITRIM

819

125

LIMERICK

8,204

607

LONGFORD

1,348

233

LOUTH

1,751

290

MAYO

2,936

531

MEATH

4,556

717

MONAGHAN

1,085

227

OFFALY

1,261

161

ROSCOMMON

2,029

262

SLIGO

2,799

384

TIPPERARY

4,528

598

WATERFORD

3,530

582

WESTMEATH

3,430

672

WEXFORD

1,118

161

WICKLOW

2,693

503

Total

112,514

16,988