Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2751)

John Brady

Ceist:

2751. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the amount spent on the exceptional needs payment and urgent needs payment by county in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019. [33162/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Under the supplementary welfare allowance (SWA) scheme, the Department may make a single exceptional needs payment (ENP) to help meet essential, once-off expenditure which a person could not reasonably be expected to meet out of their weekly income. An urgent needs payment (UNP) may be made to persons who may not normally qualify for SWA but who have an urgent need which they cannot meet from their own resources or where an alternative is not available at that time.

In total €38.8 million has been provided for ENPs and UNPs in 2019. The following tabular statement shows expenditure on ENPs and UNPs since 2017 by on a county basis.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Expenditure on ENPs and UNPs, 2017-2019

County

2017

2018

2019 (to end June)

CARLOW

€510,260

€626,436

€513,372

CAVAN

€285,118

€228,511

€152,508

CLARE

€1,091,614

€1,631,017

€469,801

CORK

€5,137,513

€6,934,395

€2,286,422

DONEGAL

€800,383

€1,136,870

€633,186

DUBLIN

€12,026,319

€12,175,194

€7,268,003

GALWAY

€1,218,382

€1,169,893

€620,292

KERRY

€816,287

€976,350

€580,607

KILDARE

€1,628,718

€1,445,641

€770,818

KILKENNY

€589,397

€771,069

€405,964

LAOIS

€678,028

€964,242

€373,938

LEITRIM

€353,180

€323,554

€133,990

LIMERICK

€3,014,621

€3,180,516

€704,354

LONGFORD

€501,404

€462,455

€372,457

LOUTH

€801,095

€1,029,870

€622,274

MAYO

€609,133

€734,462

€291,432

MEATH

€1,048,755

€1,319,082

€748,215

MONAGHAN

€255,180

€258,170

€179,133

OFFALY

€452,359

€550,928

€256,302

ROSCOMMON

€598,386

€916,392

€389,063

SLIGO

€635,154

€676,920

€328,997

TIPPERARY

€1,366,889

€1,529,437

€675,845

WATERFORD

€1,007,334

€1,186,372

€985,073

WESTMEATH

€645,292

€675,867

€449,750

WEXFORD

€632,019

€760,028

€528,064

WICKLOW

€837,930

€1,104,825

€625,152

Total

€37,540,751

€42,768,494

€21,365,014

These figures are taken from the Department’s ENP database and represent a snapshot of ENPs as they are approved by an officer rather than when they are paid. The figures do not capture payments that are cancelled, payments that go out of date or overpayments recouped.