Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Ceisteanna (627)

Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

627. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full year cost of paying a double child benefit payment to parents on the birth of a child; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25124/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Child benefit is paid to almost 632,000 qualifying adults in respect of over 1.2 Million children with an annual cost in 2018 of €2.1 Billion.

Given the universality of Child Benefit, introducing a double entitlement to parents on the birth of a child would not be a sufficiently targeted approach. Furthermore, the introduction of such a proposal would have significant cost implications and would have to be considered in an overall budgetary context.

The estimated full year cost of issuing a double child benefit payment to parents on the birth of a child is approximately €8.72 Million.

This estimate is based on the number of child benefit claims (61,856) received in respect of first and additional children in 2018. It assumes the payment of €140, representing an additional month’s payment in respect of these children. Multiple births are paid a higher rate and this additional cost has been factored in to the estimate.