Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2731)

Catherine Connolly


2731. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full year cost if the weekly rate of qualified child allowance for children aged under 12 years of age increased from €34 to €37 and for children aged over 12 years of age from €37 to €43; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32896/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The full year cost of increasing the Qualified Child Increase for children under the age of 12 from €34 to €37 and for children aged 12 and over from €37 to €43 is €66.7 million.

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.

Any change to the Qualified Child Increase would need to be considered in a budgetary context.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.