Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (707)

Tom Neville

Question:

707. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a working family payment will be reviewed in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26441/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is an in-work payment which provides additional income support to employees on low earnings with children. Approximately 53,000 families benefit from this weekly payment.

WFP for the person concerned was due for renewal on 21 February 2019 and an application to renew WFP was received on 24 January 2019.

The person concerned has 2 children and the income limit for a family with 2 children is €622 per week. The person concerned had average net earnings of €601.15 per week in 2018 based on the P60 provided.

WFP is calculated as 60% of the difference between the weekly household income and the income limit applicable to that family.

WFP entitlement for the person concerned was €12.50 per week. However once a person qualifies for WFP they are entitled to a minimum payment of €20 per week.

I trust this clarifies the matter.