Written answers

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Benefits Data

Photo of Noel HarringtonNoel Harrington (Cork South West, Fine Gael)
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230. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the total number of claimants of the over 80s allowance for each of the years 2010 to 2014 and in 2015 to date; the total expenditure on this allowance for each of those years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20607/15]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the number of recipients of the age 80 allowance during the period 2010 to 2015 is detailed in the attached tabular statement.

The age 80 allowance is an extra allowance paid automatically by my Department to people in receipt of certain social welfare payments on their 80th birthday. Information regarding the cost of this allowance is not segregated from the expenditure statistics of the schemes under which it is paid. However I am informed that a weekly rate of €10.00 is payable to all qualifying recipients. On this basis, the estimated spend is in the order of €8 million.

Number of Recipients of Age 80 Allowance 2010 to April 2015

Year
State Pension

(Non-Contributory) Pension
State Pension (Contributory)
Widow's, Widower's or

Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension
Death Benefit
Over 80 Allowance
2010
36,942
56,736
34,086
118
2011
36,432
57,316
35,071
118
2012
35,842
61,490
36,022
128
2013
34,946
66,171
36,999
137
2014
34,156
71,070
38,050
147
Apr 2015
33,552
72,139
38,061
n/a

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