Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (315)

Pat Buckley

Ceist:

315. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of Army personnel who received family income supplement in 2017 and to date in 2018. [4991/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) formerly Family Income Supplement (WFP) is an in-work support, which provides an income top-up for employees on low earnings with children. WFP is designed to prevent in-work poverty for low paid workers with child dependants and to offer a financial incentive to take-up employment. There are over 57,000 families with more than 129,000 children in receipt of WFP.

To qualify for WFP, a person must be engaged in full-time insurable employment, which is expected to last for at least 3 months and be working for a minimum of 38 hours per fortnight or 19 hours per week. A couple may combine their hours of employment to meet the qualification criteria. The applicant must also have at least one qualified child who normally resides with them or is supported by them. Furthermore, the average family income must be below a specified amount, which varies according to the number of qualified children in the family.

The figures for Defence Forces families in receipt of WFP are as follows:

Year

Number of Recipients

2017

180

2018

175*

*As at the end of January 2018

For the purposes of consistency it is important to note that the figures for 2017 above are based on the amount of families in receipt of WFP at week 52 of that year, as such the figures may go up or down depending on the week in the year.