Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
555. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the extent to which backlogs have been addressed in respect of various headings and payments operated by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53837/18]
The attached table shows the number of claims pending decision for each of the principal Social Welfare schemes operated by my Department at the end of November 2017 and at the end of November 2018.
I regret that this information is not available for Illness Benefit, due to a recent ICT system change.
The data for the maternity and paternity benefit schemes are being collated and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as they are available.
Claims pending and percentage variances by scheme at the end of November in each of the years 2017 and 2018.
|Scheme||November 17||November 18||Percentage variance|
|State Pension (Contributory) - Irish||2,481||4,290||72.9%|
|Widow(er)'s Contributory Pension||442||554||25.3%|
|State Pension (Non-Contributory)||1,891||1,623||-14.2%|
|One-Parent Family Payment||1,027||760||-26.0%|
|Supplementary Welfare Allowance Basic||3,032||658||-78.3%|
|Working Family Payment||3,330||5,211||56.5%|
|Domiciliary Care Allowance||1,392||1,335||-4.1%|