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Friday, 7 September 2018

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Invalidity Pension Applications Data

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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1307. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of invalidity pension applications from July 2017 to date by month in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36655/18]

Photo of Finian McGrathFinian McGrath (Dublin Bay North, Independent)
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Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the pay related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions. 

The following table shows the number of IP claims received for each of the months requested.

Month No. of Applications
Jul 2017777
Aug 2017982
Sep 2017 821
Oct 2017801
Nov 2017952
Dec 2017827
Jan 20181,180
Feb 20181,067
Mar 2018876
Apr 2018815
May 2018986
Jun 2018805
Jul 2018764

There was an increase of almost 7% in the number of applications for IP received for the year to end of July 2018 compared to the same period last year, following the extension of IP to self-employed contributors in December 2017.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.


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