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Social Welfare Schemes Data

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 24 March 2021

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Questions (1017)

Claire Kerrane

Question:

1017. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of child maintenance payments who are also in receipt of other means-tested social welfare payments; and the breakdown of those also in receipt of the jobseeker’s transitional payment, disability allowance and the one-parent family payment in tabular form. [15391/21]

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In February 2021, some 39,190 people were in receipt of  One Parent Family Payment, of whom  17,751 people were recorded as also receiving child maintenance. There were 16,078 people who  were in receipt of Jobseeker's Transitional Payment (JST), and 1,872 were recorded as also receiving child maintenance.

The data requested in respect of the other means-tested schemes is set out in the tables below. The tables refer to recipients in February 2021 who also received the listed payment at some time in February 2021.

There may be situations where a OFP or JST recipient is no longer receiving maintenance (or they may be receiving a reduced amount) for their child because the other parent has lost their job due to Covid-19 pandemic.  In these cases, the Department advises that the customer should contact their local Intreo Centre and provide it with a letter (from the recipient) stating that they are no longer receiving the maintenance payment from the other parent.

The Department will then revise the customers payment on that basis for a period of 12 weeks.  After that period their means may be re-assessed at that stage following a review. 

Table 1: Other Means-Tested Schemes - Receives Maintenance

Additional Means-Tested Scheme

Receives Maintenance - OFP 

Receives Maintenance -JST

Carer's Allowance

2,972 

25 

Disability Allowance

Guardian's Payment Non-Contributory

Rent Supplement

411 

102 

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

40 

Creche Supplement

Diet Supplement

Fuel/Heating Supplement

Other Supplement

Travel Supplement

Working Family Payment

2,253 

Table 2:  Other Means-Tested Schemes - All

Additional Means-Tested Scheme

 OFP

 JST

Carer's Allowance

7,980

190 

Disability Allowance

Guardian's Payment Non-Contributory

29 

24 

Rent Supplement

1,203 

875 

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

100 

30 

Creche Supplement

Diet Supplement

Fuel/Heating Supplement

Other Supplement

30 

14 

Travel Supplement

18 

11 

Working Family Payment

4,352 

50  

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