Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Ceisteanna (1130)

Gerald Nash

Ceist:

1130. Deputy Ged Nash asked the Minister for Social Protection the anticipated cost to the Exchequer in 2022 of a waiver of waiting days on social welfare payments by category of payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39872/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

The estimated annual cost to the Exchequer in 2022 of a waiver of waiting days for Jobseeker's Allowance would be approximately €10 million and for Jobseeker's Benefit would be approximately €22.4 million.

The estimated annual cost for Illness Benefit and Occupational Injury Benefit (combined figure) is approximately €25 million (excluding additional ICT and staffing costs).

I understand that there are no waiting days for other illness, disability or carers payments.