Thursday, 20 June 2013

Ceisteanna (110)

Peadar Tóibín

Ceist:

110. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the proportion of Exchequer finance which was allocated to direct pay costs within the public sector for the five consecutive years for which the most recent data is available. [29742/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The table sets out the gross Exchequer paybill for the previous five years to 2008 and the latest estimate for 2013, and presents it as a proportion of both gross current voted expenditure and gross total voted expenditure. The figures to 2011 are as per the audited Appropriation Accounts; the provisional outturn figures for 2012 and the estimates for 2013 were published in the Revised Estimates for Public Service 2013, on 17 April 2013. The pay figures are on a gross basis and, consequently, do not include the receipts accruing from the introduction of the pension-related deduction on public service remuneration, which has yielded approximately €1bn per annum since its introduction in 2009.

For a detailed discussion of Exchequer pay and pensions, I would refer the Deputy to the Analysis of Exchequer Pay and Pensions Bill 2007 – 2012, published by the Central Pay Policy Section of the Remuneration and Industrial Relations Division of my Department. This publication presents a detailed breakdown of both gross and net pay and pension expenditure in aggregate terms, by sector and by individual Vote and is available on my Department’s website at www.per.gov.ie under the Reports tab.

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2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Est.

Gross Exchequer Paybill, €m

17,190

17,514

16,045

15,645

15,306

15,069

As a % of Gross Voted Total Expenditure

28%

28%

26%

27%

27%

28%

As a % of Gross Voted Current Expenditure

32%

31%

30%

30%

29%

29%

As the Deputy will be aware, the combined gross total for public service pay and pensions continues to account for just over one third of gross voted current expenditure and the Government’s approach has been to seek to ensure that the combined pay and pensions bill remains at a sustainable level in the context of our overall fiscal commitments.