Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Ceisteanna (297)

Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

297. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full-year cost of providing a single additional monthly child benefit payment to parents on the birth of their first child only; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52025/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The estimated full year cost of providing a single additional monthly child benefit payment to parents on the birth of their first child only is €3.5 million in 2020.

This cost assumes the payment of €140, representing an additional months payment in respect of these children. It is estimated that there will be approximately 25,000 first births in 2020. It should be noted that these costings are subject to change in the context of emerging demographic trends and associated revision of the estimated numbers of beneficiaries for 2020.