Written answers

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Departmental Data

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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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]

Photo of Finian McGrathFinian McGrath (Dublin Bay North, Independent)
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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.

SchemeNovember 17November 18Percentage variance
State Pension (Contributory) - Irish2,4814,29072.9%
Widow(er)'s Contributory Pension44255425.3%
State Pension (Non-Contributory)1,8911,623-14.2%
Jobseeker's Allowance5,6334,223-25.0%
Jobseeker's Benefit1,8321,514-17.4%
One-Parent Family Payment1,027760-26.0%
Supplementary Welfare Allowance Basic3,032658-78.3%
Carer's Allowance4,9624,806-3.1%
Carer's Benefit61783735.7%
Disability Allowance5,3545,046-5.8%
Invalidity Pension1,3152,24470.6%
Child Benefit1,7111,425-16.7%
Working Family Payment3,3305,21156.5%
Domiciliary Care Allowance1,3921,335-4.1%
Household Benefits1,9512,40923.5%
Free Travel204-80.0%
Totals37,90540,856 7.8%


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