Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2776)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

2776. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full year cost of reinstating a concurrent payment of half-rate illness benefit and jobseeker's benefit in addition to one parent family payment and widow's and widower's pensions. [33574/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

When the concurrent payment of half-rate illness Benefit and Jobseeker's Benefit, in addition to One-Parent Family Payment and Widow's and Widower's Pensions, was abolished in Budget 2012, this produced a saving of €12 million in a full year.

I am advised that the Department is not in a position, however, to calculate how much it would cost to reintroduce this, as it is not known how many lone parents, jobseekers, widows, widowers or surviving civil partners would avail of such a measure.