Written answers

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Household Benefits Scheme

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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313. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the full-year expenditure on the household benefits package by benefit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44075/19]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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The Household Benefits Package comprises a choice of either Electricity or Gas Allowance, and Free Television Licence.  These allowances provide a contribution towards electricity or gas, as well the cost of the annual Television Licence.  Only one household package is paid per household.  Household Benefits Package may be funded from either Vote 37 or the Social Insurance Fund, depending on the origin of the primary scheme entitlement of the recipient (e.g. State Pension (Non-Contributory) from the Vote or State Pension (Contributory) from the Fund).

The allocation for the Household Benefits scheme in 2020 is €254,462 as published in the 2020 Budget Estimates on Budget Day, details of which are in the following table.

Vote 37 Social Insurance Fund Total
€000 €000 €000
Electricity Allowance  51,453 121,520 172,973 
Gas Allowance  4,877 16,442 21,319
Free Television License 15,149 45,021 60,170
Total 71,479 182,983 254,462


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