Written answers

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Benefits

9:00 pm

Photo of James BannonJames Bannon (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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Question 153: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of migrants claiming benefits here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8668/12]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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The information requested by the Deputy is not routinely collated by my Department as not all schemes register the details of the client's nationality.

If a person has paid the required PRSI class, in non-EU cases had a valid Work Permit and satisfies all the qualifying conditions of the scheme (including the Habitual Residence Condition) they are treated as equally as all other claimants.

At the end of January 2012 there were approximately 315,018 identifiable non-Irish nationals claiming benefits in this jurisdiction. A scheme breakdown of this number is set out for your information.

SchemeNon-Irish National
Carers AllowanceNot Available
Carers BenefitNot Available
Domiciliary Care Scheme3,637
Invalidity Pension1,022
State Pension Contributory4,551
State Pension Non-contributory3,979
State Pension Transition353
Widow(er)'s Contributory Pension2,561
Disablement BenefitNot Available
FIS8,467
Child Benefit (Recipients)121,592
Child Benefit (Children)223,362
Blind Persons PensionNot Available
Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance (1)11,162
Rent Supplement35,333
Mortgage Interest Supplement1,979
Other Supplements (2)1,234
Disability Benefit10,749
Occupational Injury Benefit383
One-parent Family Payment15,668
Back to Education Allowance4,288
Back to Work2,540
Internship Program444
Labour Market Activation Fund59
Springboard Program334
Short Term Enterprise Allowance167
Jobseekers Allowance59,087
Jobseekers Benefit25,429

(1) Includes Direct Provision Allowance

(2) Includes Diet, Travel, Creche Etc.

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