9. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to improve the operation of family income supplement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1966/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Working Family Payment)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: I apologise. The reference in Question No. 9 to “family income supplement” should read “working family payment”.
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1624. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the full-year cost of increasing the income thresholds for family income supplement by amounts (details supplied), in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1230/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Working Family Payment)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): In the context of Budget 2018 it was decided to re-designate the Family Income Supplement (FIS) scheme as the Working Family Payment (WFP). The Working Family Payment is an in-work support, which provides an income top-up for employees on low earnings with children and offers a financial incentive to take-up employment. There are currently over 57,000 families with nearly 129,939 children in receipt of the WFP. The...

65. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason she no longer plans on introducing a new working family payment, as committed to in the programme for Government; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46857/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Working Family Payment)

Deputy Regina Doherty: The Department’s approach, my approach and that of my predecessor to the working family payment is guided by two principles: first, that we have to ensure that work pays and that it is worthwhile for people to go out to work, and, second, that it should have a positive impact on reducing child poverty in the country, which is still far too high. This is of particular importance to me. To advance the commitment contained in the programme for Government, the Department est...