Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1405)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

1405. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 533 of 15 May 2018, the estimated cost of a €1 increase in schemes (details supplied) in tabular form. [18647/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The information that the Deputy is looking for is detailed in the following series of tables. The costs shown below are on a full year basis, and it should be noted that they are subject to change in the context of emerging trends and associated revision of the estimated numbers of recipients for 2020. Totals may differ slightly to sum of individual amounts due to rounding.

Table 1: Indicative Cost of Each €1 Increase in Personal and IQA Rates

Payment

Personal

€m

Qualified Adult

€m

Total

€m

Social Insurance Schemes

State Pension (Contributory)

20.06

2.66

22.72

Widow/er's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Con)

Pension – Under 66 years

1.55

n/a

1.55

Widow/er's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Con) Pension – Over 66 years

4.98

n/a

4.98

Deserted Wife's Benefit – Under 66 years

0.15

n/a

0.15

Deserted Wife's Benefit – Over 66 years

0.34

n/a

0.34

Invalidity Pension – Under 66 years

3.00

0.22

3.22

Invalidity Pension – Over 66 years

n/a

0.02

0.02

Guardian's Payment (Contributory)

0.06

n/a

0.06

Death Benefit Pension

0.04

n/a

0.04

Disablement Pension

0.26

n/a

0.26

Illness Benefit

2.63

0.13

2.76

Injury Benefit

0.08

n/a

0.08

Incapacity Supplement

0.04

0.01

0.05

Jobseeker's Benefit

1.61

0.09

1.70

Carer's Benefit

0.14

n/a

0.14

Health and Safety Benefit

0.00

0.00

0.00

Maternity & Adoptive Benefit

1.03

n/a

1.03

Paternity Benefit

0.04

n/a

0.04

Social Assistance Schemes

State Pension (Non Con)

4.93

0.11

5.03

Blind Person's Pension

0.06

0.01

0.07

Widow/ers or Surviving Civil Partner's (Non-Con) Pension

0.07

n/a

0.07

Deserted Wife's Allowance

0.00

0.00

0.00

One-Parent Family Payment

2.04

n/a

2.04

Carer's Allowance – Under 66 Years

2.22

n/a

2.22

Carer's Allowance – Over 66 Years

0.10

n/a

0.10

Half Rate Carer's Allowance – Under 66 years

0.59

n/a

0.59

Half Rate Carer's Allowance – Over 66 years

0.34

n/a

0.34

Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory)

0.03

n/a

0.03

Jobseeker's Allowance

6.71

1.12

7.83

JA under 25 on €112.70 rate

0.59

0.00

0.59

JA under 26 on €157.80 rate

0.09

0.00

0.09

Pre-Retirement Allowance

n/a

n/a

n/a

Disability Allowance

7.39

0.56

7.94

Farm Assist

0.34

0.10

0.44

Employment Support Schemes (BTWA and BTEA)

0.58

0.09

0.68

Employment/Internship Schemes (CE, Tús, RSS etc.)

1.64

0.26

1.91

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

0.79

0.09

0.88

OVERALL TOTAL

64.62

5.48

70.17

Table 2: Cost of €1 increase as per Programme Area

Programme Area

Cost (€m)

Pensioners – Aged 66 and over

State Pension (Contributory), Invalidity Pension (Aged 65), Widow/er's or

Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension, Deserted Wife's Benefit, State

Pension (Non-Con), Carer's Allowance, Half Rate Carer's Allowance

33.59

People with Disabilities

Invalidity Pension, Disability Allowance, Blind Pension, Incapacity

Supplement, Disablement Pension

11.55

Carers

Carer's Allowance, Half Rate Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit

2.96

Employment Supports

Back To Work Allowance, Back To Education Allowance, Community

Employment Programme, TÚS, Rural Social Scheme, Jobs Initiative

2.59

All Other Rates

Widow/er's Pension or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory), Deserted

Wife's Benefit, Death Benefit Pension, Jobseeker's Benefit, Illness Benefit,

Health & Safety Benefit, Injury Benefit, Guardian's Payment (Contributory),

Jobseeker's Allowance, Pre-Retirement Allowance, Widow/er's or Surviving

Civil Partner's Pension (Non-Con), Deserted Wife's Allowance, Farm Assist,

One Parent Family Payment, SWA, Guardian's Payment (Non-Con), Part Time

Job Incentive, Maternity/Adoptive/Paternity Benefit

19.23

Overall Total - including Pensioners

70.17

Scheme

Cost (€m)

€1 increase in the monthly rate of Child Benefit

14.66

€1 increase in the rate of Fuel Allowance

10.47

Increase the duration of the Fuel Allowance by one week

8.41

€1 increase in the rate of the Increase for a Qualified Child

16.46

€1 change in the rate of Living Alone Allowance

- for everyone)

- Pensioners only

- Other schemes (Invalidity Pension, Disability Allowance, Blind Pension and

Widow's/Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Non-Contributory Pension

10.90

8.78

2.12