Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (670)

John Brady

Ceist:

670. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the working family payment, formerly the family income supplement, in each of the years 2008 to 2018, in tabular form. [11918/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is a weekly in-work payment which provides additional financial support to employees on low earnings with children. WFP is designed to prevent in-work poverty for low paid workers with child dependents and to offer a financial incentive to take up employment.

The number of persons in receipt of WFP for years 2008 to 2018 were as follows:

Year

WFP Recipients

2008

27,798

2009

25,963

2010

28,223

2011

28,876

2012

32,307

2013

44,159

2014

50,306

2015

55,913

2016

55,567

2017

57,745

2018

54,116

It should be noted that the above figures refer to the number of families in receipt of WFP at the end of the relevant year. The figures fluctuate from week to week.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.