Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Ceisteanna (639)

Brian Hayes

Ceist:

691 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in community employment schemes nationally, and of those the breakdown of social welfare payments and benefits category by category; if he will confirm that those CE participants in receipt of unemployment benefit or unemployment assistance are not entitled to claim CE payments, whereas all other category of social welfare recipient effectively obtains a double payment under community employment; the cost of this double payment; the reason unemployment assistance and unemployment benefit recipients are not treated the same as other groups within the social welfare code; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48522/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Family)

There were 23,068 persons participating on community employment schemes (of whom 1,416 are supervisors) on 6th December, 2010. The breakdown by eligibility is as follows:

Description

Total

Blind Pension

14

Carers Allowance

9

Disability Allowance

2,050

Disability Benefit

790

Deserted Wives Benefit

173

Employment Action Plan

25

Ex Offenders

6

Invalidity Pension

1,537

Offshore Island Inhabitants

11

One Parent Family Payment

4,659

Supervisor Status

1,416

Disability Referral

43

Qualified Adult Dependent

55

Refugees

4

Exception (Special)

184

Task Force Response (Drugs)

228

Travellers on Live Register

55

Travellers on Lone Parents

18

Traveller Training Centre

0

Jobseekers Allowance

6,653

Adult Dependent Swap — JA

59

Jobseekers Benefit

4,375

Adult Dependent Swap — JB

16

Widow/ers

688

Total

23,068

Persons meeting the scheme criteria and in receipt of the requisite duration of unemployment benefit or unemployment assistance are entitled to participate on CE. Jobseeker clients swap their main and dependants payments entirely over to CE. Participant wages grants as of 1st January 2011, are as follows:

Participant Category (temporary/part-time)

Grant

Participant without Dependants (Single adult rate)

208.00

Participant with an Adult Dependant (Single adult rate plus IQA)

332.80

Each Child Dependant (Full Rate)

29.80

Each Child Dependant (Half Rate)

14.90

In relation to ‘double payments', only specific categories of social welfare recipient continue to receive all or part of such payments while participating on CE, these categories are lone parents and persons with a disability. Persons in receipt of disability-related payments only receive the CE single adult rate from FÁS as well as their main social welfare payment, which is partially or fully retained, and covers any dependants they may have. Lone parents retain most of their social welfare payment as well as receiving the CE single adult rate plus any relevant child dependant allowances from FÁS (See table)

Community Employment: Estimated Additional Cost of CE Participation (paid by DSP)

Number

Total

Estimated DSP payment in addition to FÁS CE Payment

Total Additional Cost per week

Total Annual Additional Cost

#

#

Lone Parents

4,659

Traveller Lone Parents

18

Deserted Wife’s Allowance

173

4,850

185.80

901,130

46,858,760

Widow/ers Pension

688

688

193.50

133,128

6,922,656

Disability Allowance

2,050

2,050

153.50

314,675

16,363,100

Blind Pension

14

14

153.50

2,149

111,748

Illness Benefit

790

790

188.00

148,520

7,723,040

Invalidity Pension

1,537

1,537

193.50

297,410

15,465,294

Total

9,929

93,444,598

Note: Lone Parent additional costs include 1 dependant only. All other categories have no dependants included.

All above costs are estimated as they are subject to means assessment.

Additional costs based on Budget 2011.