Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (634)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

634. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full year cost of increasing the earnings disregard for the jobseeker's transitional payment by €10, €15, €20 and €25, respectively in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25131/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The estimated full year cost of increasing the earnings disregard for the Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment €10, €15, €20 and €25, respectively is set out in tabular form:

Estimated additional Annual Cost @ 160 disregard

€1.34M

Estimated additional Annual Cost @ 165 disregard

€2.01M

Estimated additional Annual Cost @ 170 disregard

€2.68M

Estimated additional Annual Cost @ 175 disregard

€3.35M

The above costings are based on the number of recipients who were working and earning in excess of €150 per week on the Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment as of May 2019.

The costings do not take into account potential behavioural changes, or the inflow of new entrants, which may arise from the introduction of higher income disregards. There would be additional costs on foot of these two factors, which are not possible to calculate and have not been factored into the above costings.