Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1332)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

1332. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the level and number of exceptional needs payments that have been made in 2018 and to date in 2019, by county in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14161/19]

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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 tabular statement below shows the number of payments and expenditure on ENPs and UNPs per county in 2018 and to date in 2019.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

ENPs and UNPs, Expenditure and Number of Payments 2018-2019 by County

Payments

Payments

Expenditure

Expenditure

County

2018

2019 (end February)

2018

2019 (end February)

CARLOW

1,015

153

€626,436

€276,823

CAVAN

526

122

€228,511

€54,994

CLARE

4,559

599

€1,631,017

€256,754

CORK

14,703

1,705

€6,934,395

€866,945

DONEGAL

2,193

369

€1,136,870

€257,560

DUBLIN

31,777

5,295

€12,175,194

€2,536,177

GALWAY

3,303

446

€1,169,893

€162,183

KERRY

3,206

644

€976,350

€224,902

KILDARE

3,707

618

€1,445,641

€222,654

KILKENNY

1,635

264

€771,069

€164,094

LAOIS

3,803

720

€964,242

€128,771

LEITRIM

819

125

€323,554

€66,989

LIMERICK

8,204

607

€3,180,516

€263,194

LONGFORD

1,348

233

€462,455

€110,414

LOUTH

1,751

290

€1,029,870

€166,426

MAYO

2,936

531

€734,462

€99,034

MEATH

4,556

717

€1,319,082

€278,219

MONAGHAN

1,085

227

€258,170

€62,484

OFFALY

1,261

161

€550,928

€52,174

ROSCOMMON

2,029

262

€916,392

€116,319

SLIGO

2,799

384

€676,920

€122,955

TIPPERARY

4,528

598

€1,529,437

€233,775

WATERFORD

3,530

582

€1,186,372

€283,951

WESTMEATH

3,430

672

€675,867

€143,590

WEXFORD

1,118

161

€760,028

€149,566

WICKLOW

2,693

503

€1,104,825

€195,743

Total

112,514

16,988

€42,768,494

€7,496,691

Note: These figures are taken from the Department's ENP database and represent a snapshot of ENPs as they are approved by an officer rather than when they are paid. The figures do not capture payments that are cancelled, payments that go out of date or overpayments recouped and therefore will not reconcile with the end of month / year outturn figures.