Written answers

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Department of Social Protection

Disability Allowance

Photo of Colm KeaveneyColm Keaveney (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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109. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the full year cost in 2016 of increasing the disability allowance by €6, €7, €7.50 and €8 per week; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1990/16]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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Disability Allowance is a means-tested social assistance paid to persons who are substantially restricted in undertaking suitable employment arising from a medical condition (subject to satisfying the relevant medical criteria). The estimated cost in 2016 of increasing the weekly rate of Disability Allowance by €6.00, €7.00, €7.50 and €8.00 is detailed in the following table.

Increase in the weekly rateEstimated Cost in 2016 (full year)
€6.00€39.5 million
€7.00€46.1 million
€7.50€49.4 million
€8.00€52.6 million

There is an analogous social insurance payment, Invalidity Pension, which is paid to persons who are permanently incapable of work (subject to satisfying the relevant medical criteria). A €1 increase in the weekly rate of Invalidity Pension would cost €3.2 million in a full year.

These costs include proportionate increases for qualified adults, where applicable.

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