245. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated first year and full year cost of increasing the entitlement under the disability allowance scheme by €20 per week; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19359/18 asked on 03 May 2018)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 243 to 245, inclusive, together.

The first and full year cost of increasing the rate of Living Alone Allowance by €5 per week is estimated to be €52.2 million in 2019.

The first and full year cost of increasing the rate of Fuel Allowance by €5 per week is estimated to be €49.6 million in 2019.

The first and full year cost of increasing the rate of Disability Allowance by €20 per week is estimated to be €142.2 million in 2019. This cost is for the personal rate of payment only and does not include a proportionate increase for qualified adults.

The costs shown above are on a full year basis and are based on the estimated number of recipients in 2018. 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 for 2019.