Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Ceisteanna (613, 615, 616, 617, 621, 622, 623, 625, 628, 639)

Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

613. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full year cost of increasing the allowance for adults in direct provision from €38.80 per week to €40, €41, €42, €43, €44 and €45 respectively, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25110/19]

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Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

615. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full year cost of increasing payments (details supplied) by €5 and €10; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25112/19]

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Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

616. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full year cost of increasing the fuel allowance by 1, 2, 3 and 4 weeks, respectively, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25113/19]

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Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

617. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full year cost of increasing the living alone allowance by €2, €3, €4, €5, and €6, respectively, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25114/19]

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Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

621. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated cost of increasing the telephone support allowance by €1, €2, €2.50, €3, €4 and €5, respectively, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25118/19]

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Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

622. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full year cost of increasing the qualified child increase by €2, €3, €4 and €5, respectively, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25119/19]

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Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

623. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated cost of increasing expenditure on the school meals programme by 5%, 10%, 15% and 20%, respectively, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25120/19]

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Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

625. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full year cost of increasing child benefit by €10, €15, €20, €25 and €30, respectively, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25122/19]

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Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

628. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full year cost of equalising jobseeker payments for those under 26 years of age to the standard rate, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25125/19]

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Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

639. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated cost of increasing the back to school clothing and footwear allowance by €10, €20, €25, €30, €35, €40, €45 and €50, respectively, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25136/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 613, 615 to 617, inclusive, 621 to 623, inclusive, 625, 628 and 639 together.

The Costings sought by the Deputy are presented in the tables below:

Daily Expenses Allowance

New Rate

Cost (€m)

€40

0.23

€41

0.42

€42

0.61

€43

0.8

€44

0.99

€45

1.18

Disability and Carers

Scheme

€5 Increase (€m)

€10 Increase (€m)

Carer’s Allowance

16.26

32.51

Carer’s Benefit

0.72

1.44

Disability Allowance

39.55

79.11

Illness Benefit

13.81

27.63

Blind Pension

0.33

0.67

Invalidity Pension

16.20

32.36

Fuel Allowance

Fuel Season Extension

Cost (€m)

1 Week

8.41

2 Weeks

16.82

3 Weeks

25.23

4 Weeks

33.64

Living Alone Allowance

Increase

Cost (€m)

€2

21.76

€3

32.63

€4

43.51

€5

54.39

€6

65.27

Telephone Support Allowance

Increase

Cost (€m)

€1

6.76

€2

13.52

€2.50

17.16

€3

20.28

€4

27.04

€5

33.8

Qualified Child Increase

Increase

Cost (€m)

€2

32.43

€3

48.65

€4

64.86

€5

81.08

School Meals Programme

Increase

Cost (€m)

5%

2.9

10%

5.8

15%

8.6

20%

11.5

Child Benefit

Increase

Cost (€m)

€10

146.57

€15

219.86

€20

293.14

€25

366.43

€30

439.72

Jobseekers Under 26

The estimated full year cost of equalising jobseeker payments for those under 26 years of age to the standard rate of €203 per week is €59.87 million.

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

Increase

Cost (€m)

€10

3.1

€20

6.2

€25

7.75

€30

9.3

€35

10.85

€40

12.4

€45

13.95

€50

15.5

The costs shown above are on a full year basis and are based on the estimated number of recipients in 2019. It should be noted that these costings are subject to change in the context of emerging trends and associated revision of the estimated numbers of recipients for 2020.

It should also be noted that these costings include proportionate increases for qualified adults and for those on reduced rates of payment, where relevant.

Question No. 614 answered with Question No. 583.
Questions Nos. 615 to 617, inclusive, answered with Question No. 613.