Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Ceisteanna (354, 355, 356, 357)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

354. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Social Protection the total number of young persons under 25 years receiving the back to education allowance and the most recent total number of recipients of the back to education allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10008/13]

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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

355. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of young persons under 25 years receiving the back to education allowance to pursue a second level qualification and the number receiving the back to education allowance to pursue a third level qualification; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10009/13]

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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

356. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Social Protection the total number of young persons under 25 years receiving the back to education allowance who were unemployed for 12 months or more prior to participating on the scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10010/13]

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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

357. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Social Protection the total number of young persons under 25 years receiving the back to education allowance who were unemployed for 24 months or more prior to participating on the scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10011/13]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 354 to 357, inclusive, together.

The information requested by the Deputy in respect of unemployment duration prior to commencement on the back to education allowance is not available. I am however informed that there were a total 24,914 recipients of the allowance at the 31st of January 2013 of which 6,585 were young persons under the age of 25 years.

A breakdown of the number of under 25’s by qualification level is contained in the following tabular table.

Number of Recipients of Back to Education Allowance at end of January, 2013

 

Total Recipients

Under 25 years

Under 25 year olds as a percentage of Total Recipients

Second Level Qualification

8,717

3,715

42.6%

Third Level Qualification

16,197

2,870

17.7%

Back to Education Allowance

24,914

6,585

26.4%