Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (590)

Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

590. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of Defence Forces personnel that received family income supplement or working family payment in each of the years 2013 to 2019 and to date in 2020. [27237/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is a weekly tax-free payment which provides additional income 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 pursue employment.

The number of Defence Forces personnel that received WFP for each of the years 2013 to 2019, and to date in 2020 are as follows:

   Year 

  Number

   2013

  251

   2014

  255

   2015 

  249 

   2016

  225

   2017

  180

   2018

  111

   2019

  113

* 2020     

  100

* Up to 25 September 2020

It should be noted that the above figures refer to the numbers of Defence Forces personnel in receipt of WFP at week 52 of the relevant year.  The figures may fluctuate marginally from week to week. 

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.