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Social Welfare Schemes Data

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 21 April 2021

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Ceisteanna (1163)

Claire Kerrane

Ceist:

1163. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide a listing of the social welfare schemes the payment rates and rules of which may be adjusted by way of ministerial order, including those requiring amendments to primary legislation respectively in tabular form; and the number of recipients and annual spend on each of the schemes in tabular form. [19709/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

Social Welfare schemes that have rates and rules that are provided for in legislation, or by way of Ministerial order, are listed in the table below. The table contains end-year recipient numbers and annual expenditure for 2020 in respect of these schemes.

Scheme

Recipients End-2020

Expenditure 2020 (€000)

State Pension (Non-Contributory)

95,465

1,048,546

State Pension (Contributory)

449,442

5,834,586

Widow/er's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension

123,019

1,586,563

Death Benefit (OIB Widows)

741

10,214

Jobseeker's Allowance

157,611

1,656,771

One Parent Family Payment

39,446

564,887

Widow/er's or Surviving Civil Partner's Non-Contributory Pension

1,301

13,425

Deserted Wife's Allowance

75

859

Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance Payments

11,747

115,212

Daily Expenses Allowance

3,534

13,052

Farm Assist

5,511

66,414

Jobseeker's Benefit

35,843

415,713

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

473,136

4,978,983

Deserted Wife's Benefit

5,374

68,485

Maternity Benefit

19,661

258,045

Adoptive Benefit

6

96

Health and Safety Benefit

32

358

Paternity Benefit

587

12,355

Parents Benefit

2,424

6,656

Partial Capacity Benefit

3,227

24,658

Disability Allowance

152,580

1,811,854

Blind Pension

1,075

12,641

Carer's Allowance

88,906

926,352

Illness Benefit

48,157

592,634

Enhanced Illness Benefit (Covid-19)

850

56,875

Injury Benefit

1,026

11,448

Invalidity Pension

59,230

760,228

Disablement Benefit

14,354

69,860

Carer's Benefit

3,698

49,365

Domiciliary Care Allowance

44,091

193,104

Carer's Support Grant

119,504

227,543

Child Benefit

631,412

2,102,329

Working Family Payment

48,213

377,312

Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory)

553

7,773

Guardian's Payment (Contributory)

1,179

15,933

Back to Work Family Dividend

3,553

12,978

Rent Supplement

17,945

133,090

Treatment Benefits:

Dental Benefit

65,911

44,309

Optical Benefit

40,042

35,256

Medical and Surgical Benefit

1,384

11,755

Household Benefits Package

Electricity

415,383

172,039

Gas

50,252

21,310

The expenditure figures for 2020 are provisional and are subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General. Recipient numbers show the position at a point in time, at the end of the year – they are intended to be illustrative and used for comparison with other years to identify trends and are not intended to be representative figures to be used in calculating average payments.

The figures for Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment in the above table are a total of payments from both Vote 37 and the Social Insurance Fund. A more detailed breakdown of these figures, as set out in the provisional outturn for 2020, is as follows:

Payment

€m

Vote 37: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

1,322

SIF: Pandemic Unemployment Payment (Pre August 2020)

1,818

SIF: Pandemic Unemployment Payment (Post August 2020)

1,839

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