Written answers

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Department of Social and Family Affairs

Social Welfare Benefits

11:00 am

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 226: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the estimated full year spend on supplementary welfare allowance in 2010; if he will provide a breakdown of each category under the package; the estimated number of persons eligible for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45824/10]

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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The estimated expenditure for the range of supplementary welfare allowance schemes in 2010 are outlined in the tabular statement. The statement also shows the average number of recipients that will benefit under the various schemes in 2010.

SchemeEstimated Expenditure€000Average Number of Recipients
Basic SWA195,82135,300
Direct Provision Allowance6,6166,616
Rent Supplement513,78096,000
Mortgage Interest Supplement65,85916,900
Other Supplements14,9302116
Exceptional Needs Payments66,580220,000*
Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance82,830165,000

* These are once off payments and include payments under the humanitarian assistance scheme

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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Question 227: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for carer's allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45835/10]

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 16 July 2010. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. These papers were received back in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 15 November 2010 and the appeal will be referred in due course to an Appeals Officer who will decide whether the case can be decided on a summary basis or whether to list it for oral hearing.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

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