Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Ceisteanna (270)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

270. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of recipients of the working family payment in 2018 and to date in 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27139/19]

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 recipients of WFP in 2018 and to date in 2019 is as follows:

Year

WFP Recipients

2018

54,116

2019

* 52,877

* In payment on the 16th June 2019

It should be noted that the above figure for 2018 refers to the number of families in receipt of WFP at week 52 of that year. The figures may fluctuate from week to week.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.