Written answers

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Working Family Payment

Sorca Clarke (Longford-Westmeath, Sinn Fein)
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207. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons employed by the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Defence that are in receipt of the working family payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30647/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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Working Family Payment (WFP) is an in-work supplementary payment that provides additional income support to employees on low earnings with qualified children. WFP is designed to prevent in-work poverty for low paid employees with child dependents and to offer a financial incentive to pursue employment. The number of WFP customers who are employed by the Departments of Defence and Foreign Affairs are as follows:

Department Number of Recipients
Defence 102
Foreign Affairs 26

Please note that the above figures refer to the number of personnel from the relevant Department that are in receipt of WFP as of week ending 09 October 2020. These figures may change slightly from week to week.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.

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