Thursday, 24 October 2019
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Working Family Payment Data
304. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of civil servants and public servants, respectively, in receipt of the working family payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44020/19]
Working Family Payment (WFP) is an in-work weekly payment, which provides additional income support to employees on low earnings with children, relative to family size. WFP is designed to prevent in work poverty for low paid workers with child dependents and to provide a financial incentive to take up employment.
There are currently 3,237 (combined total) civil and public servants in receipt of WFP. I am advised that the information available to the Department does not permit a distinction between these two groups of employees for further analysis.
I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.