Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2777)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

2777. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated cost to increase social welfare payments to 2009 levels. [33575/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The costings sought by the Deputy are presented in the following table.

Scheme

Full year cost of restoring rates to 2009 levels

€m

Social Insurance Schemes

Widow/er's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Con) Pension

2.02

Deserted Wife's Benefit

0.2

Invalidity Pension

4.17

Partial Capacity Benefit

0.12

Disablement Pension

0.4

Illness Benefit

3.59

Injury Benefit

0.11

Incapacity Supplement

0.06

Jobseeker's Benefit

2.21

Carer's Benefit

0.17

Health and Safety Benefit

0.00

Maternity & Adoptive Benefit (Based on old max rate)

36.11

Paternity Benefit Based on old Maternity Benefit max rate)

1.57

Total Social Insurance Schemes

50.73

Scheme

Full year cost of restoring rates to 2009 levels

€m

Social Assistance Schemes

Blind Pension

0.09

Widow/ers or Surviving Civil Partner's (Non-Con) Pension

0.09

Deserted Wife's Allowance

0.01

One-Parent Family Payment

2.66

Carer's Allowance

3.33

Half Rate Carer's Allowance

0.89

Jobseeker's Allowance

10.17

Jobseeker's Allowance - for those aged 18 to 24 years of age

54.56

Jobseeker's Allowance - for those aged 25 years of age

4.32

Disability Allowance

10.32

Farm Assist

0.57

Back to Education Allowance

0.39

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

0.47

Community Employment

0.22

TÚS

0.07

Rural Social Scheme

0.06

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

2.88

Total Social Assistance Schemes

91.1

Overall Total

141.83

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.

Question No. 2778 answered with Question No. 2773.
Question No. 2779 answered with Question No. 2642.