7. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her views on the projected numbers of recipients of jobseeker’s benefit and jobseeker’s allowance over the next five years and to provide a table including the estimated number of recipients in a given week each year and the percentage change; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7258/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 12, inclusive, together.
The following table provides the estimated average weekly numbers of weekly payments underlying allocations in the 2016 REV for each of the schemes covered by the Deputy’s questions.
 Scheme Average number of weekly payments in 2016 Jobseeker’s Allowance 239,260 Jobseekers Benefit 38,300 Supplementary Welfare Allowance Basic Payments 14,900 One Parent Fa...

8. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her views on the projected numbers of recipients of supplementary welfare allowance over the next five years and to provide a table including the estimated number of recipients in a given week each year and the percentage change; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7259/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 12, inclusive, together.
The following table provides the estimated average weekly numbers of weekly payments underlying allocations in the 2016 REV for each of the schemes covered by the Deputy’s questions.
 Scheme Average number of weekly payments in 2016 Jobseeker’s Allowance 239,260 Jobseekers Benefit 38,300 Supplementary Welfare Allowance Basic Payments 14,900 One Parent Fa...

9. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her views on the projected numbers of recipients of illness benefit and disability allowance over the next five years and to provide a table including the estimated number of recipients in a given week each year and the percentage change; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7260/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 12, inclusive, together.
The following table provides the estimated average weekly numbers of weekly payments underlying allocations in the 2016 REV for each of the schemes covered by the Deputy’s questions.
 Scheme Average number of weekly payments in 2016 Jobseeker’s Allowance 239,260 Jobseekers Benefit 38,300 Supplementary Welfare Allowance Basic Payments 14,900 One Parent Fa...

10. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her views on the projected numbers of recipients of one-parent family payment over the next five years and to provide a table including the estimated number of recipients in a given week each year and the percentage change; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7261/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 12, inclusive, together.
The following table provides the estimated average weekly numbers of weekly payments underlying allocations in the 2016 REV for each of the schemes covered by the Deputy’s questions.
 Scheme Average number of weekly payments in 2016 Jobseeker’s Allowance 239,260 Jobseekers Benefit 38,300 Supplementary Welfare Allowance Basic Payments 14,900 One Parent Fa...

11. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her views the projected numbers of recipients of carer’s benefit and carer’s allowance over the next five years and to provide a table including the estimated number of recipients in a given week each year and the percentage change; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7262/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 12, inclusive, together.
The following table provides the estimated average weekly numbers of weekly payments underlying allocations in the 2016 REV for each of the schemes covered by the Deputy’s questions.
 Scheme Average number of weekly payments in 2016 Jobseeker’s Allowance 239,260 Jobseekers Benefit 38,300 Supplementary Welfare Allowance Basic Payments 14,900 One Parent Fa...

12. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her views on the projected numbers of recipients of State pension, contributory and non-contributory, over the next five years and to provide a table including the estimated number of recipients in a given week each year and the percentage change; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7263/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 12, inclusive, together.
The following table provides the estimated average weekly numbers of weekly payments underlying allocations in the 2016 REV for each of the schemes covered by the Deputy’s questions.
 Scheme Average number of weekly payments in 2016 Jobseeker’s Allowance 239,260 Jobseekers Benefit 38,300 Supplementary Welfare Allowance Basic Payments 14,900 One Parent Fa...

13. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection to provide a table indicating the estimated annual cost of index-linking each of the following payments to inflation over the next five years: jobseeker’s benefit; jobseeker’s allowance; supplementary welfare allowance; illness benefit; disability allowance; one-parent family payment; carer’s benefit; carer’s allowance; State pension, contributory; and State pension, non-contributory; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7264/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 to 15, inclusive, together. 
The information that the Deputy has requested is detailed in the table. The costings are based on 2016 recipient numbers, and include the cost of proportionate increases in reduced rates and the qualified adult rates of payment. It should be noted that the costings do not take into account changing trends (increases or decreases) in recipient numbers from 2017 onwa...

14. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the estimated annual cost of index-linking all weekly social protection payments to inflation over the next five years. (Question 7265/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 to 15, inclusive, together. 
The information that the Deputy has requested is detailed in the table. The costings are based on 2016 recipient numbers, and include the cost of proportionate increases in reduced rates and the qualified adult rates of payment. It should be noted that the costings do not take into account changing trends (increases or decreases) in recipient numbers from 2017 onwa...

15. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the estimated annual cost of index-linking all social protection payments to inflation over the next five years. (Question 7266/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 to 15, inclusive, together. 
The information that the Deputy has requested is detailed in the table. The costings are based on 2016 recipient numbers, and include the cost of proportionate increases in reduced rates and the qualified adult rates of payment. It should be noted that the costings do not take into account changing trends (increases or decreases) in recipient numbers from 2017 onwa...

56. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the activation options open to recipients of disability allowance; and if she will provide, in tabular form, the numbers of recipients who availed of each of these options, in each of the past five years. (Question 14157/15 asked on 15 Apr 2015 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 56 to 61, inclusive, together.
The Government recognises the importance of increasing participation in employment for persons with a disability, and to this end the Department provides a wide range of income and work related supports for people with disabilities, which play an important role in supporting increased participation in the labour force by people with disabilities. 
Activation measures ...

57. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the original expenditure estimate and actual outturn on the wage subsidy, the EmployAbility Service, the partial capacity benefit, the workplace equipment/adaptation grant, the employee retention grant, and the disability awareness training schemes, for each of the past five years. (Question 14158/15 asked on 15 Apr 2015 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 56 to 61, inclusive, together.
The Government recognises the importance of increasing participation in employment for persons with a disability, and to this end the Department provides a wide range of income and work related supports for people with disabilities, which play an important role in supporting increased participation in the labour force by people with disabilities. 
Activation measures ...

58. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will provide, in tabular form, the number of new people and the total number of persons supported by the wage subsidy, EmployAbility Service, partial capacity benefit, workplace equipment/adaptation grant, and employee retention grant schemes, for each of the past five years. (Question 14159/15 asked on 15 Apr 2015 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 56 to 61, inclusive, together.
The Government recognises the importance of increasing participation in employment for persons with a disability, and to this end the Department provides a wide range of income and work related supports for people with disabilities, which play an important role in supporting increased participation in the labour force by people with disabilities. 
Activation measures ...

59. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will provide in tabular form the number of employers availing of the wage subsidy scheme, and the numbers of employees this relates to, as follows: one, five or more, ten or more, 20 or more, 30 or more, 50 or more, or 100 or more. (Question 14160/15 asked on 15 Apr 2015 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 56 to 61, inclusive, together.
The Government recognises the importance of increasing participation in employment for persons with a disability, and to this end the Department provides a wide range of income and work related supports for people with disabilities, which play an important role in supporting increased participation in the labour force by people with disabilities. 
Activation measures ...

60. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the number of employers availing of strand 1 of the wage subsidy scheme only, for each of the past five years. (Question 14161/15 asked on 15 Apr 2015 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 56 to 61, inclusive, together.
The Government recognises the importance of increasing participation in employment for persons with a disability, and to this end the Department provides a wide range of income and work related supports for people with disabilities, which play an important role in supporting increased participation in the labour force by people with disabilities. 
Activation measures ...

61. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the number of full-time equivalent job coaches engaged under the EmployAbility Service programme and its predecessor programme in each of the past five years; and the corresponding number of persons with disabilities who were supported into work. (Question 14162/15 asked on 15 Apr 2015 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 56 to 61, inclusive, together.
The Government recognises the importance of increasing participation in employment for persons with a disability, and to this end the Department provides a wide range of income and work related supports for people with disabilities, which play an important role in supporting increased participation in the labour force by people with disabilities. 
Activation measures ...

53. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the number of recipients of each of respite care grant, fuel allowance, family income supplement, back to school clothing and footwear allowance and a back to education allowance reduced on age grounds. (Question 37271/14 asked on 01 Oct 2014 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The information requested by the Deputy in respect of total number of recipients of each of respite care grant, fuel allowance, and back to school clothing and footwear allowance are collated annually for inclusion in the Statistical Information of Social Welfare Services. With respect to recipients of family income supplement and back to education allowance the total number of person in receipt of a payment under these schemes a...

128. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the expected total spend on jobseeker’s allowance and social welfare allowance to recipients under the age of 26 in 2015. (Question 31969/14 asked on 16 Jul 2014 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 128 and 129 together. 
Data on the expenditure on jobseeker’s allowance and supplementary welfare allowance is not maintained on an age related basis and, accordingly, it is not possible to estimate expenditure in 2015 for persons aged under 26 on these schemes. 
The answer to Parliamentary Question No. 251 (July 9 last) estimated that the cost of paying the maximum weekly rate of €188 to all recip...

129. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 251 of 9 July 2014, if the figure of €163 million is based on paying the maximum weekly rate of €188 to all those in question under 26 or on applying a maximum weekly rate of €188 to all those in question under 26; and if the figure is based on the former what is the estimated cost of the latter. (Question 31970/14 asked on 16 Jul 2014 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 128 and 129 together. 
Data on the expenditure on jobseeker’s allowance and supplementary welfare allowance is not maintained on an age related basis and, accordingly, it is not possible to estimate expenditure in 2015 for persons aged under 26 on these schemes. 
The answer to Parliamentary Question No. 251 (July 9 last) estimated that the cost of paying the maximum weekly rate of €188 to all recip...

108. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons with a travel pass in June 2013 and June 2014 respectively. (Question 28701/14 asked on 02 Jul 2014 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The number of persons in receipt of free travel in June 2014 is not currently available. I am however informed that at the end of June 2013 and May 2014 there were 771,147 and 793,812 free travel passes.
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