Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2732)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

2732. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated cost of increasing each social protection payment by €5, €7 and €10, respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32911/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The estimated costs of increasing weekly social welfare payments by €5, €7 and €10 respectively are presented in the table below:

General Rate Increase

Cost (€m)

€5

347.3

€7

486.3

€10

694.4

The costs shown above are on a full year basis and are based on the estimated number of recipients in 2019. It should be noted that these costings are subject to change in the context of emerging trends and associated revision of the estimated numbers of recipients for 2020.

It should also be noted that these costings include proportionate increases for qualified adults and for those on reduced rates of payment, where relevant.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.