Telecommunications Infrastructure

Ceisteanna (141)

Eamon Scanlon

Ceist:

141. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his policy with regard to the roll-out of 5G nationwide; his views on whether 5G technologies will pose no harm to the public, particularly children and the elderly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38932/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

5G is the next generation of mobile communications and has the potential to deliver hugely enhanced connectivity. Ireland welcomes the benefits that the enhanced connectivity and technology will bring.

It is expected that 5G will be commercialised over the next few years. Rollout in Ireland is primarily a matter for private mobile network operators, operating on a commercial basis. I have no role or function in this.

However, as Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, I have policy responsibility for matters pertaining to public exposure to non-ionising radiation. Irish policy in this area is informed by a substantial volume of internationally recognised scientific research and evidence. This includes the guidelines set down by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, the ICNIRP.

These guidelines provide scientifically-based exposure limits that are applicable to both public and occupational exposure from electromagnetic fields (EMF), including 5G. ICNIRP guidelines apply up to a frequency of 300 gigahertz (GHz), well above the maximum frequencies being considered for 5G. ComReg, the independent telecoms regulatory authority, ensures that licensed mobile operators comply with their licence conditions and do not exceed ICNIRP guidelines.

In 2015, the Irish Government commissioned a report by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment of the Netherlands (RIVM). This was published in 2016 and is entitled “Electromagnetic Fields in the Irish Context”. It examined and synthesised existing peer-reviewed research into clear findings, with particular focus on the potential health effects of electric and magnetic fields arising from high voltage power lines, and electromagnetic fields from base stations for mobile communication. This report reaffirms the overall conclusion of an earlier 2007 report, “Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields”, that there is insufficient evidence to establish a causal relationship between exposure to low-frequency electromagnetic fields and adverse health effects.

This is an area that is kept under review and earlier this year I assigned a new statutory function to the Environmental Protection Agency to provide general information to the public on matters pertaining to public exposure to non-ionising radiation, to monitor international scientific developments and provide independent advice to my Department in this area.

Tourism Promotion

Ceisteanna (142)

Thomas Byrne

Ceist:

142. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to enhance tourism experiences in County Meath. [38921/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

Fáilte Ireland provides a wide range of supports for tourism businesses and attractions throughout the country to help create new experiences and enhance existing ones; extend the season; and enhance the skills and business capability of tourism enterprises. At county and regional level, the regional tourism experience brands provide the overarching context for marketing, enterprise supports and tourism product development. For County Meath, the relevant brand is Ireland’s Ancient East.

I have asked Fáilte Ireland to respond to the Deputy directly with further detail on specific plans to enhance tourism experiences in County Meath. Please contact my private office if you have not received a reply within ten working days.

Road Improvement Schemes

Ceisteanna (143)

Thomas Pringle

Ceist:

143. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if funding is available for the upgrading of rural roads along the Wild Atlantic Way for the benefit of developing tourism in the area and increasing connections along the coast; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38911/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads (RLR) is the statutory responsibility of each local authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority.

Before the financial crisis, local authorities could apply on a regular basis for grants for Specific or Strategic Improvement Grants for the strengthening, widening or realignment of regional and local roads. However, the extent of the cutbacks in grant funding during the recession meant these grant schemes had to be curtailed after 2013 because expenditure on maintenance/renewal was falling well short of what was required to adequately maintain the regional and local road network.

Project Ireland 2040 does provide for the gradual build up in funding for the road network but it will take time. For this reason there is limited scope at present for funding projects under the Specific or Strategic Grant Programme.

Any projects proposed by local authorities for consideration under these Grant Programmes are assessed by the Department on a case-by-case basis. All projects put forward by local authorities for consideration must comply with the requirements of the Public Spending Code and my Department's Capital Appraisal Framework and it is important for local authorities to prioritise projects within their overall area of responsibility with these requirements in mind.

It is important to reiterate that the role of Exchequer grants for regional and local roads is to supplement local authorities in their spending in this area and it is open to local authorities to fund works on these roads from its own resources. It is also open to the local authorities to undertake rehabilitation works on these roads under their Restoration Improvement Grant programmes.

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

Noting the above position, I have referred your questions to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

Cycling Facilities Funding

Ceisteanna (144)

Jonathan O'Brien

Ceist:

144. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the percentage of the current and capital budget of his Department spent on cycling in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38914/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The Deputy will acknowledge the significantly enhanced funding Project Ireland 2040 provides to improve active travel infrastructure and other supporting measures that will benefit both walkers and cyclists across the country.

Under the Climate Action Plan 2019 Government has committed to a number of important actions in relation to cycling, specifically Actions 91, 95 and 97. In Action 97 Government has committed to revise transport infrastructure programmes to achieve at least 10% expenditure on facilitating cycling by Q4 2020. My Department is currently examining the Action and its implementation in line with that timeline.

Currently, funding for active travel, including cycling, is provided under many programmes across both my Department and indeed wider Government.

My Department supports cycling through several programmes –

- The Cycling/Walking programme, administered by the National Transport Authority (NTA);

- The Sustainable Urban Transport programme, administered by the NTA;

- BusConnects, administered by the NTA;

- The Greenways Strategy, administered by my Department; and

- The Roads programme, administered by my Department and by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

Funding allocated in 2019 under the cycling/walking and the sustainable urban transport programmes alone is around €48 million (almost 18% of the NTA's proposed capital investment programme for the year). In 2018, funding for these two programmes equated to approximately 15% of the NTA's capital investment programme.

Across the wider Government area there are three important funding programmes available to support a wide range of initiatives including active travel, and/or leisure orientated walking and cycling, -

- Project Ireland 2040’s Urban Regeneration and Development Fund, administered by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government;

- Project Ireland 2040’s Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development; and

- The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development with supplementary supports available through Fáilte Ireland, an agency under the aegis of my Department.

In addition funding is also available at a European level through the European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the INTERREG programme which complement funding made available under the national programmes referred to above.

Cycling is also supported through the fiscal incentives available under the Cycle to Work Scheme which has proven very successful.

My Department will be examining the totality of all this taxpayer support for active travel, as part of our implementation of Action 97 of the Climate Action Plan 2019.

The Deputy has asked for data on percentages for cycling expenditure by my Department in recent years. Owing to the nature of the funding programmes under which cycling has been supported, it is not possible to specifically isolate the cycling element of the various investments that benefit cycling.

Therefore, the table below indicates the percentage of the capital investment under the Transport, Tourism and Sport Vote which was for the Sustainable Transport Measures Grants Programme, Regional Cities Programme, Smarter Travel/Sustainable Urban Transport Programme, Cycling & Walking Programme and Greenways, where relevant over the 5 year period. Spend in this area relates mainly to capital, accordingly current spend is not included. Variances to the percentage figures may occur from year to year due to the time various programmes cease or commence, along with changes to the overall Department budget, in particular at times when significant infrastructural projects are underway.

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

4.4

6.0

3.8

2.2

3.1

National Transport Authority Remit

Ceisteanna (145)

Jonathan O'Brien

Ceist:

145. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has considered extending the mandate of the NTA to include the provision of cycle routes and infrastructure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38915/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As the Deputy may be aware the National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the development and implementation of public transport and sustainable transport infrastructure including the provision of cycling and walking infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) and, on a non statutory basis, has responsibility for the development and implementation of public transport and sustainable transport infrastructure including the provision of cycling and walking infrastructure in the regional cities of Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. A full list of all the functions of the NTA is available on its website.

Cycling Facilities Provision

Ceisteanna (146)

Jonathan O'Brien

Ceist:

146. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the cost of completing and upgrading the EuroVelo network in Ireland EV1 and EV2 and adding a new section from Rosslare to Larne; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38916/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The Eurovelo network is a concept that was planned and initiated by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF). Any new routes would have to be considered and approved by the ECF. It is worth noting however, that, as the Eurovelo concept is for a pan-European network of linear routes, it does not include circular national routes, which the extension of EV1 from Rosslare to Larne would create. Eurovelo 1 - Atlantic Coast Route – starts in Norway and traverses Scotland and Northern Ireland before entering this State, it then traverses Wales, England, France and Spain before terminating in Portugal.

My Department has funded the identification of Eurovelo 1 which is mostly on-road, with some sections of Greenway, from Donegal to Rosslare. It is expected that this route, which will be fully mapped by year-end, will be sign-posted in 2020. Some sections of EV1 may, in time, become Greenways or the route may alter to include newly completed Greenways.

With regard to Eurovelo Route 2, the Capitals Route, the section from Maynooth to Athlone is now complete comprising the Royal Canal Greenway to Mullingar and the Old Rail Trail Greenway from Mullingar to Athlone. It is my intention to pursue the completion of Eurovelo 2 by Greenway from Athlone to Galway over the coming years once an agreed route can be determined.

Cycle to Work Scheme

Ceisteanna (147)

Jonathan O'Brien

Ceist:

147. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to introduce invectives for the purchase of e-bikes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38917/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As the Deputy may be aware the Cycle-to-Work Scheme, which I am very supportive of, is a tax incentive aimed at encouraging employees to cycle to and from work by allowing for beneficial tax arrangements in respect of the purchase of a bicycle and certain related cycling equipment. Under this scheme, employers may agree with their employees to operate a cycle to work scheme under a salary sacrifice arrangement. Participation in the scheme is voluntary but, where offered by an employer, it must be made available to all employees and directors. The scheme applies to new bicycles and pedelecs (electrically assisted bicycles which require some effort from the cyclist) and also includes the purchase of certain new safety equipment.

Urban Regeneration and Development Fund

Ceisteanna (148)

John Deasy

Ceist:

148. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the engagement he has had with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, CIÉ, Irish Rail and Bus Éireann regarding the new transport hub proposed by Waterford City and County Council under the urban regeneration and development fund. [38964/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I am aware the Waterford North Quays SDZ was approved in 2018 and that Project Ireland 2040 recognises that redevelopment of the North Quays is a key growth enabler for this important city.

The Waterford North Quays Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) seeks to support the sustainable growth of the city and build a city of scale in line with the objectives of Project Ireland 2040 which envisages the city's population expanding to approximately 85,000 by 2040. The approved SDZ comprises different elements and is designed to fully harness the city's riverfront potential as a focus for the development of a new urban area.

In order to support National Strategic Objective 1: Compact Growth, Government established an Urban Regeneration and Development Fund which is designed to support the co-development of Project Ireland 2040's recognised key growth enablers for the cities.

I am of course aware that Waterford City and County Council has made an application to the Fund in relation to the proposed North Quays SDZ proposal; however, to date I have not had any substantive engagement with the parties referred to by the Deputy regarding that application.

Administration of the Fund and applications made to it are matters for the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

Urban Regeneration and Development Fund

Ceisteanna (149)

John Deasy

Ceist:

149. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his Department or Iarnród Éireann has previously contributed to the cost of relocating a rail terminus or line specifically to facilitate a public-private investment, such as that proposed for Plunkett Station, Waterford; and if his attention has been drawn to particular concerns Iarnród Eireann has regarding the North Quays application under the urban regeneration and development fund. [38965/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

In order to support National Strategic Objective 1: Compact Growth, Government established an Urban Regeneration and Development Fund which is designed to support the co-development of Project Ireland 2040's recognised key growth enablers for the cities.

The Waterford North Quays Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) was approved in 2018 and Project Ireland 2040 recognises that redevelopment of the North Quays is a key growth enabler for this important city.

As part of the SDZ masterplan I understand there are proposals to facilitate a potential transport hub and I further understand that the proposal forms part of the overall application made by Waterford City and County Council to the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund to improve the public realm of the North Quays and regenerate the area. Administration of that Fund is a matter for the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

I am not aware of particular concerns as alluded to by the Deputy nor am I aware of any recent relocation of any of major rail termini in Ireland and therefore the issue of Departmental funding would not have arisen.

Invalidity Pension Applications

Ceisteanna (150)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

150. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an invalidity pension application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38960/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the pay related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions.

The Department received a claim for IP for the gentleman concerned on 26 August 2019. In order to establish medical suitability two medical report forms for completion issued to him on 28 August 2019. One of the completed medical report forms was received by the Department on 10 September 2019 and the other on 19 September 2019. His claim will be processed as quickly as possible and he will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Disability Allowance Applications

Ceisteanna (151)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

151. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if an application by a person (details supplied) for a disability allowance will be expedited. [38976/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

I can confirm that my department received an application for disability allowance (DA) from this person on 29 July 2019.

On 23 September 2019 the person concerned was requested to supply supporting documentation required by the deciding officer in order to make a decision on her eligibility. On receipt of this information a decision will be made on her DA application and the person concerned will be notified of the outcome.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the deputy.

Carer's Allowance Eligibility

Ceisteanna (152)

Peter Burke

Ceist:

152. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she has considered reforming the means test for carer’s allowance (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38996/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The means test for Carer's Allowance is one of the most generous means tests in the social welfare system, most notably with regard to spouse’s earnings. Since April 2008, the income disregard has been €332.50 per week for a single person and €665 per week for a couple. This means that a couple can earn in the region of €37,500 and qualify for the maximum rate of Carer's Allowance. A half-rate Carer's Allowance is also payable with other welfare payments.

The conditions attached to payments of Carer’s Allowance are consistent with the overall conditions that apply to social assistance payments generally. This system of social assistance supports provides payments based on an income need with the means test playing the critical role in determining whether or not an income need arises as a consequence of a particular contingency – be that illness, disability, unemployment or caring. Carer's Allowance acts as an income support for those who cannot earn an income in the open labour market due to their caring responsibilities. The continued application of the means test not only ensures that the recipient has a verifiable income need but that resources are targeted to those with greatest need.

Deductions included for Carer's Allowance include PRSI, union dues, superannuation (pension contributions) and travel expenses. This is in line with most social assistance payments. The proposal by the Deputy to assess means on net disposable income minus family expenses could potentially include taking account of costs such as mortgage repayments, dependent children, college fees, Fair Deal contributions, medical costs, etc. Any such change to include other costs and deductions in the calculation of income would have significant budgetary implications and would give rise to inconsistencies in how means tests are applied across schemes. It would also significantly increase the complexity of the means assessment and inevitably prolong the assessment process.

The formula for assessing means from capital (savings, shares and property) for Carer’s Allowance whereby the first €20,000 of capital is disregarded is line with most social assistance schemes. The assessment of capital reflects an expectation that people with reasonable amounts of capital and property are in a position to use that capital, or to realise the value of the property, to support themselves without having to rely solely on a means-tested welfare payment.

The matter of making the payment exempt from tax is a matter for the Revenue Commissioners.

In assessing weekly family income for Working Family Payment (WFP) purposes, most weekly social welfare payments are assessed. Budget 2012 contained a measure which provided for the assessment of Carer’s Benefit and Carer’s Allowance payments in determining entitlement to WFP. This measure brought the treatment of these two payments for WFP purposes into line with the treatment of all other primary social welfare payments. It also provided for a more consistent approach to the concurrent payment of WFP with other social welfare payments. Moreover, while this measure reduced a person’s secondary payment (WFP) it did so without affecting their primary payment, in this case Carer’s Benefit and Carer’s Allowance, therefore targeting available resources at those in most need.

For Working Family Payment purposes, any combination of hours that reaches 38 hours each fortnight is acceptable. A person can combine their weekly hours with their spouse, civil partner, cohabitant's hours to meet the condition. Therefore a carer’s working hours can be taken into account for WFP purposes. To take into account the hours worked by a carer for WFP purposes and to not assess the income into the household generated by those hours would be inequitable in terms of how income from all other earnings is assessed.

Finally, as of end of July 2019, there were 82,015 people in receipt of Carer's Allowance. The projected expenditure on Carer's Allowance in 2019 is almost €840 million. Any changes to qualifying criteria for these schemes, including income disregards, would have to be considered in an overall budgetary context.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.

Carer's Allowance Eligibility

Ceisteanna (153)

Peter Burke

Ceist:

153. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will extend the number of hours a carer can work per week; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38997/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Carer's Allowance is a means-tested payment for carers who look after certain people in need of full-time care and attention on a full time basis. As of end of July 2019, there were 82,015 people in receipt of Carer's Allowance. The projected expenditure on Carer's Allowance in 2019 is almost €840 million.

A primary qualifying condition for the Carer’s Allowance payment is that the applicant provides full-time care and attention to a person in need of such care. However, in order to support a carers continued attachment to the workforce and broader social inclusion, carers may engage in some limited employment, education or training, while still being regarded as being in a position to provide full-time care. During this time of employment, education or training, adequate provision must be made for the care of the relevant person. Both the full-time care and attention requirement and the 15-hour limitation are contained in the respective legislative provisions of the Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit and Carer’s Support Grant schemes.

As part of Budget 2006,the number of hours per week that carers could engage in employment, education or training outside the home was increased from 10 to 15 hours per week.

Any further changes to this condition would need to be considered in a budgetary context and would also need to maintain a reasonable balance between the requirement to provide full-time care for the care recipient and the needs of the carer.

I trust that this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Social Welfare Benefits Waiting Times

Ceisteanna (154)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

154. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the steps she can take to speed up the processing of various applications made to her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39012/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

My Department is committed to providing a quality service to all of its customers. This includes ensuring that scheme applications are processed and decisions on entitlement made as quickly as possible.

Like all Government Departments and agencies, the Department is required to operate within a staff ceiling figure and a commensurate administrative staffing budget. However, I can assure the Deputy that staffing needs for all areas within the Department are continually reviewed, taking account of workloads, management priorities and the ongoing need to respond to new increasing demands in a wide range of services.

Additionally, operational processes, procedures and the organisation of work are continually reviewed to ensure that processing capability is maximised with specific monthly targets set for responses within particular scheme area. This is to ensure that the best use is made of all available resources with a view to providing an efficient service to those who rely on the schemes operated by the Department

As part of my Department’s ongoing programme of service modernisation, a range of initiatives aimed at streamlining the processing of claims, supported by modern technology, have and are being implemented in recent years.

I hope this clarifies the issue for the deputy.

Social Welfare Benefits Data

Ceisteanna (155)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

155. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons that have made applications for means tested or non-means tested payments in each of the past three years to date; the number granted, refused or pending; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39013/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The information requested by the Deputy, where available, is provided the following tabular statements.

2019 (January to end-August)

Scheme

Registered

Awarded

Disallowed

Pending

State Pension Non-Contributory

6,183

5,330

1,497

1,641

State Pension Contributory

27,548

14,297

9,486

6,509

Widow(er)'s Contributory Pension

5,204

4,026

751

427

Jobseeker's Allowance

85,606

69,377

5,976

3,990

Jobseeker's Benefit

91,806

87,347

2,158

1,799

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

38,188

32,391

1,932

644

One Parent Family Payment

7,807

6,032

578

577

Maternity Benefit

29,898

30,531

1,036

212

Paternity Benefit

18,327

18,474

379

1,102

Disability Allowance

16,346

10,688

7,862

7,201

Carer's Allowance

13,478

11,022

5,794

4,695

Domiciliary Care Allowance

6,063

4,174

2,027

1,126

Illness Benefit

137,029

112,023

2,637

2,193

Occupational Injuries Benefit

10,803

4,336

1,323

2,130

Invalidity Pension

7,260

5,406

3,089

2,479

Carer's Benefit

3,297

2,252

813

918

Child Benefit

21,782

21,481

524

1,288

Working Family Payment

16,308

12,279

5,285

3,920

Household Benefits Package

47,296

35,965

10,892

1,497

2018

Scheme

Registered

Awarded

Disallowed

Pending

State Pension Non-Contributory

9,053

8,040

2,253

1,561

State Pension Contributory

42,084

28,364

10,304

4,252

Widow(er)'s Contributory Pension

7,542

5,835

1,085

619

Jobseeker's Allowance

137,770

111,006

9,563

3,852

Jobseeker's Benefit

127,586

117,825

2,745

3,418

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

187,409

55,542

2,844

532

One Parent Family Payment

11,466

8,978

774

657

Maternity Benefit

44,372

41,429

1,335

1,787

Paternity Benefit

25,358

24,080

380

1,709

Disability Allowance

23,080

17,205

12,682

5,549

Carer's Allowance

20,208

17,242

9,291

4,566

Domiciliary Care Allowance

8,609

3,104

2,225

1,280

Illness Benefit

143,423

112,012

29,109

1,030

Occupational Injuries Benefit

9,344

6,823

1,590

450

Invalidity Pension

10,967

7,334

4,601

2,188

Carer's Benefit

4,101

2,774

1,026

846

Child Benefit

32,034

31,549

833

1,517

Working Family Payment

27,854

28,226

8,274

5,178

Household Benefits Package

69,703

53,626

16,604

1,755

2017

Scheme

Registered

Awarded

Disallowed

Pending

State Pension Non-Contributory

9,187

7,577

2,139

1,896

State Pension Contributory

39,883

27,673

10,002

3,059

Widow(er)'s Contributory Pension

7,599

5,695

1,240

519

Jobseeker's Allowance

155,854

124,970

10,238

4,893

Jobseeker's Benefit

129,241

118,076

2,459

3,131

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

346,743

175,836

2,819

2,729

One Parent Family Payment

11,452

8,741

728

900

Maternity Benefit

44,227

45,621

1,570

185

Paternity Benefit

27,200

26,559

542

876

Disability Allowance

23,657

17,469

12,022

5,768

Carer's Allowance

23,800

17,290

8,599

5,284

Domiciliary Care Allowance

8,197

6,823

2,187

1,240

Illness Benefit

209,384

159,030

44,709

5,077

Occupational Injuries Benefit

13,193

10,739

2,019

311

Invalidity Pension

10,458

8,976

4,579

1,653

Carer's Benefit

3,590

2,605

620

615

Child Benefit

32,448

31,301

674

1,871

Working Family Payment

28,730

18,382

10,402

2,824

Household Benefits Package

75,593

56,020

18,030

1,357