Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (336)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

336. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of recipients of family income support by county in each of the years 2011 to 2017 in tabular form. [5245/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) Section was unable to provide the data requested for year 2011. WFP Section informed the Deputy’s constituency office in advance of answering this Parliamentary Question (PQ) and it was confirmed the Deputy accepted the revised data figures.

Working Family Payment (WFP) formerly known as Family Income Supplement (FIS) is a weekly tax-free payment for employees on low earnings with children. This payment effectively preserves the incentive to take up or remain in employment in circumstances where the employee might only be marginally better off than if s/he were claiming other social welfare payments. WFP provides an important policy instrument in reducing child poverty in working households as well as improving incentives to work. There has been a steady growth both in the number of families supported by WFP over recent years and associated expenditure with numbers in receipt of WFP rising from 26,000 families with 56,000 children in 2009 to 57,745 families and 129,274 children by the end of 2017.

Increased awareness of WFP as a consequence of the Department’s information strategy for the scheme and significant improvements in customer service and processing times for WFP customers have contributed to the increased numbers.

The number of FIS recipients by county from 2012 - 2017 is as follows:

FIS Recipients

County

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Antrim

1

1

1

1

1

1

Armagh

4

11

14

16

15

16

Carlow

584

744

859

920

984

991

Cavan

710

965

1,153

1,234

1,267

1,292

Clare

763

1,028

1,181

1,280

1,313

1,278

Cork

3,372

4,683

5,354

6,039

6,110

6,017

Derry

7

14

13

23

20

20

Donegal

1,564

2,048

2,307

2,511

2,676

2,857

Down

29

40

42

40

35

43

Dublin

7,397

10,281

11,917

13,351

13,569

13,509

Fermanagh

23

35

29

30

28

27

Galway

1,535

2,090

2,357

2,675

2,761

2,654

Kerry

972

1,326

1,433

1,592

1,717

1,734

Kildare

1,356

1,873

2,205

2,386

2,388

2,443

Kilkenny

514

696

798

899

980

1,014

Laois

557

766

870

967

1,046

1,093

Leitrim

214

291

339

395

383

402

Limerick

1,377

1,889

2,095

2,350

2,463

2,496

Longford

446

604

666

721

801

795

Louth

1,159

1,647

1,872

2,084

2,193

2,191

Mayo

992

1,366

1,486

1,568

1,626

1,573

Meath

1,191

1,725

2,044

2,285

2,311

2,264

Monaghan

631

842

956

1,073

1,132

1,127

Offaly

637

868

935

1,049

1,085

1,118

Roscommon

480

609

665

723

708

752

Sligo

479

594

674

748

761

767

Tipperary

1,353

1,785

1,969

2,175

2,171

2,176

Tyrone

11

17

16

15

14

16

Waterford

1,011

1,409

1,641

1,810

1,828

1,872

Westmeath

766

983

1,094

1,224

1,247

1,312

Wexford

1,395

1,851

2,029

2,273

2,447

2,417

Wicklow

770

1,073

1,282

1,442

1,478

1,468

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.