Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Ceisteanna (635)

Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

635. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full year cost of increasing the earnings disregard for the one parent family payment by €10, €15, €20 and €25, respectively in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25132/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The estimated full year cost of increasing the earnings disregard for the One Parent Family payment by €10, €15, €20 and €25, respectively is set out in tabular form:

Estimated additional Annual Cost @ 160 disregard

€3.0M

Estimated additional Annual Cost @ 165 disregard

€4.5M

Estimated additional Annual Cost @ 170 disregard

€6.0M

Estimated additional Annual Cost @ 175 disregard

€7.5M

The above costings are based on the number of recipients who were working and earning in excess of €150 per week on the One-Parent Family Payment as of May 2019.

The costings do not take into account potential behavioural changes, or the inflow of new entrants, which may arise from the introduction of higher income disregards. There would be additional costs on foot of these two factors, which are not possible to calculate and have not been factored into the above costing.