Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Ceisteanna (562)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

562. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of beneficiaries for each social welfare payment who are entitled and not entitled, respectively, to the Christmas bonus in 2018, in tabular form. [52172/18]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The Christmas Bonus was paid last week to 1.2 million long-term social welfare beneficiaries, such as pensioners, carers, people with disabilities, lone parents and long-term unemployed jobseekers, among others.  For the first time in 10 years, the Bonus was paid at 100%.  The Bonus is paid in recognition of the long-term financial dependence of these recipients on their weekly payment for all or most of their income. 

Payment of the Bonus this year was based on the same eligibility requirements as in previous years.  Some payments, namely Jobseeker's Allowance, Supplementary Welfare Allowance, Back to Education Allowance and Daily Expenses Allowance, have a duration requirement of 15 months in order to be eligible for the Bonus.  As in previous years, the Bonus is not paid to short-term schemes, such as Jobseeker's Benefit or Illness Benefit. 

The following table sets out the information requested by the Deputy, including the estimated number of weekly social welfare recipients not entitled to the Bonus payment in December.  It should be noted that the table does not include monthly and annual payments that are not eligible for the Bonus, such as Child Benefit and Carer's Support Grant.

Scheme  

Estimated Number of Eligible Recipients 

Estimated Number of Ineligible Recipients

  

 

 

State Pension Non-Contributory

94,900

0

Jobseeker's Allowance*

111,680

33,504

One-Parent Family Payment

39,455

0

Widow(er)s' Pension (non-con)

1,385

0

Deserted Wife's Allowance

110

0

Supplementary Welfare Allowance*

4,400

12,370

Daily Expenses Allowance (formerly Direct Provision Allowance)*

1,950

1,240

Farm Assist

6,645

0

Community Employment

21,465

0

Rural Social Scheme

3,030

0

Tús

6,380

0

Job Initiative

720

0

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

9,860

0

Back to Education Allowance*

8,390

839

Back to Work Family Dividend

7,050

0

Disability Allowance

141,450

0

Blind Pension

1,205

0

Carer's Allowance

78,715

0

Domiciliary Care Allowance**

38,810

0

Guardian's Payment (non-con)

545

0

Working Family Payment

 0

 53,732

Magdalene Commission Scheme

405

0

Subtotal Assistance

578,900

101,685

 

 

 

State Pension (Contributory)

428,025

0

Widow(er)s' Surviving Civil Partners Pension (Con)

121,320

0

Occupational Injuries Death Benefit

730

0

Deserted Wife's Benefit

6,180

0

Partial Capacity Benefit

2,485

0

Invalidity Pension

57,290

0

Disablement Benefit

14,280

0

Carer's Benefit

2,755

0

Guardian's Payment (Contributory)

1,155

0

Jobseeker's Benefit

 0

 33,744

Illness Benefit

 0

 53,300

Maternity Benefit

 0

 20,850

Paternity Benefit

 0

 957

Adoptive Benefit

 0

 18

Subtotal Insurance

634,230

108,869

 

 

 

Total Assistance & Insurance

1,213,130

210,554

*15 months duration on eligible social welfare payment or scheme required in order to be eligible for the Bonus.

**Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment; the Bonus is paid as 100% of a week's equivalent payment.