Written answers

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Schemes

Photo of Arthur SpringArthur Spring (Kerry North-West Limerick, Labour)
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255. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will provide in tabular form a list of all social welfare payments; if the payment can be reviewed; and how often reviews can be carried out for each relevant payment. [28423/14]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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The Department administers over 70 separate schemes and services and serves a wide and diverse group of customers including families, people in employment, unemployed people, people with disabilities, carers, and older people. The Department will spend over €20 billion in social welfare payments this year and will provide support to some 1.4 million people every week. In order to achieve its objective of targeting scarce resources at those who most need them, the Department undertakes a wide range of risk-targeted review projects annually. Scheme review policies vary from scheme to scheme, and are dependent on the nature of the contingency the scheme fulfils. Social Welfare legislation obliges every claimant or beneficiary to notify the Department of any change in circumstances which may affect their entitlement to that benefit/assistance. The Department informs claimants of this requirement when a payment is awarded.

A list of the Department's main schemes, by target customer group, is provided below. More detailed information on qualifying conditions and provisions for review for all schemes is available on the Departments website .

Pensions
State pension (non-contributory)
State pension (transition/contributory)
Widow(er)s' / surviving civil partners' contributory pension
Widow(er)s' / surviving civil partners pension (non-contributory)
Widow(er)s' /surviving civil partners' pension (death benefit)
Working Age Income Supports
Jobseeker's allowance
One parent family payment
Deserted wives' allowance
Basic supplementary welfare allowance payment
Farm assist
Pre-Retirement allowance
Exceptional and urgent needs Payment
Jobseeker's benefit
Deserted wives' benefit
Maternity benefit
Adoptive benefit
Health and safety benefit
Redundancy and insolvency payment
Treatment benefit
Working age – employment supports
Community employment programme
Rural social scheme
Tús - community work placement
Job initiative
Community services programme
Back to work allowance
National internship scheme - JobBridge
Back to education allowance
Other Employment supports, including:

- Gateway;

- JobsPlus;

- Local employment services, including Job Clubs;

- Wage subsidy scheme;

- EmployAbility service.
Partial capacity benefit
Illness, Disability and Carers
Disability allowance
Blind pension
Carer's allowance
Domiciliary care allowance
Respite care grant
Illness benefit
Injury benefit
Invalidity pension
Disablement benefit
Carers’ benefit
Children
Child benefit
Family income supplement
Back to school clothing and footwear allowance
School meals
Guardian's payment (non-contributory)
Widowed parent / surviving civil partner grant (non-contributory)
Guardian's payment (contributory)
Widowed parent / surviving civil partner grant (contributory)
Supplementary Payments
Rent supplement
Household benefits package
Electricity allowance
Gas allowance
Free television licence
Free travel
Fuel allowance
Rent allowance (de-control of rents legislation)

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