Thursday, 13 June 2019

Questions (200)

Peter Fitzpatrick

Question:

200. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons employed by the Defence Forces in receipt of the working family payment. [24606/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is an in-work weekly 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 dependants and to offer a financial incentive to take up employment.

The numbers of Defence Force employees in receipt of WFP are as follows: 

Occupation

Number

NCOs and Other Ranks, Armed   Forces

66

Public Servant

54

Other Occupation

4

Grand Total

124

It should be noted that the above figures include 54 Public servants who are employed by the Defence Forces. The balance (70) consist of Army, Navy or Aer Corp personnel.