Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2664)

Pearse Doherty


2664. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated cost of giving an additional annual €50, €100 and €200 grant payment to all recipients of child benefit. [31608/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The costing sought by the Deputy is presented in the table:

Annual Grant

Cost (€m)







The cost is based on the estimated number of beneficiaries in 2019. It should be noted that this costing is subject to change in the context of emerging trends and associated revision of the estimated numbers of beneficiaries for 2020.

The introduction of such a grant for child benefit recipients would need to be considered in a budgetary context.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.