Written answers

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Working Family Payment Data

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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404. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of households in each county in receipt of the working family payment in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30411/19]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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Working Family Payment (WFP) is a weekly in-work payment which provides additional financial support to employees on low earnings with children.  WFP is designed to prevent in-work poverty for low paid workers with child dependents and to offer a financial incentive to take up employment.

The number of households (recipients) in each county in receipt of WFP is as follows:

CountyRecipients
Dublin 12,376
Cork 5,355
Donegal2,656
Limerick 2,283
Kildare 2,279
Wexford 2,193
Meath2,060
Tipperary2,027
Louth1,991
Waterford 1,741
Kerry1,627 
Mayo 1,495
Galway 1,466
Wicklow 1,261 
Cavan 1,192
Clare 1,144
Westmeath  1,127 
Offaly999
Laois996
Monaghan 984
Galway981
Kilkenny 924
Carlow 913
Longford774
Roscommon 718
Sligo 711
Leitrim 367
Down46
Fermanagh 25
Armagh18
Derry17
Tyrone 15
Antrim 1
Grand Total52,762

It should be noted that the above figures refer to the number of households in receipt of WFP at the end of June 2019.  The figures may fluctuate from week to week.

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