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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Social Welfare Rates

Photo of David CullinaneDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein)
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987. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated cost of a €1 increase for each weekly social welfare payment in tabular form. [10796/20]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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The costings sought by the Deputy are detailed in the following tables.

Table 1: Cost of €1 increase in all weekly social insurance payments 

Scheme Full year cost of a €1  increase (€m)
Social Insurance Schemes
Pension Age Payments
State Pension (Contributory) 24.02
Widow/er's Contributory Pension (Aged 66 and over) 4.54
Deserted Wife's Benefit (Aged 66 and over) 0.16
Death Benefit Pension (Aged 66 and over) 0.03
Working Age Payments
Widow/er's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Con) Pension 1.57
Deserted Wife's Benefit 0.14
Invalidity Pension 3.26
Partial Capacity Benefit 0.11
Guardian's Payment (Contributory) 0.06
Disablement Pension 0.26
Illness Benefit 2.65
Injury Benefit 0.04
Incapacity Supplement 0.05
Jobseeker's Benefit 7.79
Carer's Benefit 0.15
Health and Safety Benefit 0.00
Maternity & Adoptive Benefit 1.08
Paternity Benefit 0.06
Parent’s Benefit 0.09
Total Social Insurance Schemes 46.07

Table 2: Cost of €1 increase in all weekly social assistance payments

Scheme Full year cost of a €1 increase (€m)
Social Assistance Schemes
Pension Age Payments
State Pension (Non Con) 5.07
Carer's Allowance (Aged 66 and over) 0.10
Half Rate Carer's Allowance (Aged 66 and over) 0.36
Working Age Payments
Blind Pension 0.06
Widow/ers or Surviving Civil Partner's (Non-Con) Pension 0.07
Deserted Wife's Allowance 0.00
One-Parent Family Payment 2.05
Carer's Allowance 2.36
Half Rate Carer's Allowance 0.63
Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory) 0.03
Jobseeker's Allowance 12.36
Jobseeker's Allowance - for those aged 18 to 24 years of age 1.00
Disability Allowance 8.22
Farm Assist 0.36
Back to Education Allowance 0.25
Back to Work Enterprise Allowance 0.19
Community Employment 1.31
TÚS 0.34
Rural Social Scheme 0.22
Supplementary Welfare Allowance 0.95
Other 0.07
Total  Social Assistance Schemes 36.00
Total Assistance and Insurance* 82.07
*Rounding may affect totals 

The costs shown are on a full year basis.  They are based on the estimated number of recipients underpinning the Revised Estimate of expenditure for 2020 voted by the Oireachtas on 28 May 2020.  It should be noted that these costings are subject to change in the context of emerging trends and associated revision of the estimated numbers of recipients. 

It should also be noted that these costings include proportionate increases for qualified adults and, for those on reduced rates of payment, where relevant.


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