808. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of recipients and cost to the Exchequer of the one-parent family payment, jobseeker’s transition payment and family income supplement in 2015 and in 2016 to date, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26126/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The following table provides details of the average number of recipients getting a payment each week on Jobseeker’s Allowance, One Parent Family Payment and Family Income Supplement for 2015 and for 2016 up to end of August:

2015 outturn 2016 YTD end Aug 2016
Jobseeker’s Allowance
expenditure (€’000) 2,742,509 1,674,371
average number receiving a payment each week 264,070 243,380
One Parent Family Payment
expenditure (€’000) 670,564 325,187
average number receiving a payment each week 55,420 41,104
Family Income Supplement
expenditure (€’000) 367,872 270,762
average number receiving a payment each week 52,390 55,789

Jobseeker’s Transition is funded from the Jobseeker’s Allowance subhead. It is not possible to disaggregate specific expenditure for Jobseeker’s Transition. At end of December 2015, there was 14,995 people claiming Jobseekers Transition, while at end of July 2016, there were 14,936 such claims.

The expenditure data for 2015 is provisional pending completion of audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

The expenditure data up to end of August 2016 is also provisional and is subject to reconciliation.