Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Ceisteanna (194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203)

John Deasy

Ceist:

205 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of jobseeker’s benefit in County Waterford in each of the past five years and to date in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46866/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

John Deasy

Ceist:

206 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance in County Waterford in each of the past five years and to date in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46867/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

John Deasy

Ceist:

208 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the lone parent allowance in County Waterford in each of the past five years and to date in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46871/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Family)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 205, 206 and 208 together.

The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the following tabular statement. The numbers in receipt of the three payments was broadly stable at about 7,500 in aggregate in 2005 and 2006. The numbers of recipients of each of the payments rose in 2007. The number of Jobseekers Allowance and Jobseekers Benefit, taken together, rose again in 2008 and 2009 and remains stable over the first eleven months of 2010. The numbers on One Parent Family payment remained stable at just below 3,000 from 2007 to 2009 but has seen a slight increase to 3,100 in 2010.

Table: Jobseekers Benefit, Jobseekers Allowance and One Parent Family Payment for County Waterford for period December 2005 to date.

Jobseekers Benefit*

Jobseekers Allowance*

One Parent Family Payment

December 2005

2,034

2,980

2,582

December 2006

1,934

3,162

2,658

December 2007

2,033

3,353

2,911

December 2008

4,106

4,503

2,970

December 2009

4,270

6,852

2,992

November 2010

2,890

8,320

3,105

*Refers to Dungarvan and Waterford local offices only.

John Deasy

Ceist:

207 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of rent allowance in County Waterford in each of the past five years and to date in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46868/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The purpose of rent supplement is to provide short-term support to eligible people living in private rented accommodation, whose means are insufficient to meet their accommodation costs and who do not have accommodation available to them from any other source. Since 2005, the number of individuals in receipt of rent supplement in Waterford has increased by 27%. The information the Deputy has requested is provided for in the following tabular statement.

Rent Supplement Recipients in Waterford 2005 to present

Year

No. Recipients

*2010

2,291

2009

2,267

2008

2,126

2007

1,776

2006

1,737

2005

1,804

*On 3rd December 2010.

Question No. 208 answered with Question No. 205.

John Deasy

Ceist:

209 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons currently in receipt of farm assist payments in County Carlow; the number of applications for farm assist payments in County Carlow currently being processed; the number of persons in County Carlow in receipt of farm assist payments in each of the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46890/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

John Deasy

Ceist:

210 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons currently in receipt of farm assist payments in County Kilkenny; the number of applications for farm assist payments in County Kilkenny currently being processed; the number of persons in County Kilkenny in receipt of farm assist payments in each of the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46891/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

John Deasy

Ceist:

211 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons currently in receipt of farm assist payments in County Wicklow; the number of applications for farm assist payments in County Wicklow currently being processed; the number of persons in County Wicklow in receipt of farm assist payments in each of the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46892/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

John Deasy

Ceist:

212 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons currently in receipt of farm assist payments in County Meath; the number of applications for farm assist payments in County Meath currently being processed; the number of persons in County Meath in receipt of farm assist payments in each of the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46893/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

John Deasy

Ceist:

213 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons currently in receipt of farm assist payments in County Clare; the number of applications for farm assist payments in County Clare currently being processed; the number of persons in County Clare in receipt of farm assist payments in each of the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46894/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

I propose to take Questions Nos. 209 to 213, inclusive, together.

The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the following tabular statement.

Table: Farm Assist by Selected Counties, 2005 to 2010

County

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010 (October)

Pending Decision (October 2010)

Carlow

57

58

52

56

70

99

7

Clare

354

404

393

417

511

626

22

Kilkenny

117

113

118

112

135

174

8

Meath

52

50

48

57

74

92

16

Wicklow

52

55

54

51

55

75

5

James Bannon

Ceist:

214 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for jobseeker’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46900/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The person concerned submitted an application for Jobseekers Allowance on 8 November 2010. The payment of Jobseekers Allowance is subject to a means test and in this regard the file was forwarded to a social welfare inspector who conducted a means assessment on 24 November 2010. The inspector's report is complete and has been returned to Longford Local Office where a decision will issue to the person concerned this week.