Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (618)

Willie O'Dea


618. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the full year expenditure on the household benefits package by benefit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25115/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Household Benefits Package is a package of allowances to assist with the costs of running a household. The package is available to everyone aged over 70 years of age and to people under 70 years of age in certain circumstances.

The Household Benefits packages comprises a choice of either Electricity or Gas Allowance, and Free Television Licence, providing a contribution towards electricity or gas costs, as well as the full cost of the annual Television Licence. Only one household benefits package is paid per household, subject to household composition.

The estimated cost for the Household Benefits package in 2019 is €248m.