Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Questions (404)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

404. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of households in each county in receipt of the working family payment in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30411/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is a weekly in-work payment which provides additional financial support to employees on low earnings with children.  WFP is designed to prevent in-work poverty for low paid workers with child dependents and to offer a financial incentive to take up employment.

The number of households (recipients) in each county in receipt of WFP is as follows:

County

Recipients

Dublin 

 12,376

Cork 

   5,355

Donegal

   2,656

Limerick 

   2,283

Kildare 

   2,279

Wexford 

   2,193

Meath

   2,060

Tipperary

   2,027

Louth

   1,991

Waterford 

   1,741

Kerry

   1,627 

Mayo 

   1,495

Galway 

   1,466

Wicklow 

   1,261 

Cavan 

   1,192

Clare 

   1,144

Westmeath 

   1,127 

Offaly

      999

Laois

      996

Monaghan 

      984

Galway

      981

Kilkenny 

      924

Carlow 

      913

Longford

      774

Roscommon 

      718

Sligo 

      711

Leitrim 

      367

Down

        46

Fermanagh 

        25

Armagh

        18

Derry

        17

Tyrone 

        15

Antrim 

          1

Grand Total

 52,762

It should be noted that the above figures refer to the number of households in receipt of WFP at the end of June 2019.  The figures may fluctuate from week to week.