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Social Welfare Payments

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 25 November 2021

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Ceisteanna (283)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

283. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the extent to which waiting times for payments in respect of means-tested applications compare with those for contribution-related payments; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [58178/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

The following means test based schemes are assessed in terms of operational performance:

- State Pension (Non-Contributory)

- Jobseeker's Allowance

- One-Parent Family Payment

- Supplementary Welfare Allowance Total

- Carer's Allowance

- Disability Allowance

- Household Benefits

The following schemes which are based on PRSI contributions are also assessed:

- State Pension (Contributory)

- Widow(er)'s Contributory Pension

- Jobseeker's Benefit

- Maternity Benefit

- Paternity Benefit

- Invalidity Pension

- Illness Benefit

- Occupational Injury Benefit

Over the 12 month period from November 2020 to October 2021 the average performance for all means bases schemes exceeded their targets, as set out in the table.

Scheme

Target

Average Performance

State Pension (Non-Contributory)

75%

89%

Jobseeker's Allowance

90%

96%

One-Parent Family Payment

90%

97%

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Total

90%

94%

Carer's Allowance

75%

95%

Disability Allowance

75%

93%

Household Benefits

90%

100%

For schemes whose eligibility are based on PRSI contributions the performances were as set out in the following table.

Scheme

Target

Average Performance

State Pension (Contributory)

90%

93%

Widow(er)'s Contributory Pension

90%

95%

Jobseeker's Benefit

90%

92%

Maternity Benefit

90%

85%

Paternity Benefit

90%

83%

Invalidity Pension

90%

92%

Illness Benefit

90%

78%

Occupational Injury Benefit

90%

60%

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