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Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Wednesday, 28 February 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 462 No. 3

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 89. Mr. J. Walsh Information on Joe Walsh Zoom on Joe Walsh  asked the Minister for Social Welfare Information on Prionsias De Rossa Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  the cost of social insurance increases in 1994 and 1995; and the projected cost of increasing social insurance for the full year 1996. [4620/96]

Minister for Social Welfare (Proinsias De Rossa): Information on Prionsias De Rossa Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa The cost of the social insurance rate increases in the 1994 and [790] 1995 budgets and the projected full year cost of the 1996 budget rate increases in social insurance payments are as follows:

Year Cost
  £m
1994 56.6
1995 39.0
1996 52.1

 90. Mr. J. Walsh Information on Joe Walsh Zoom on Joe Walsh  asked the Minister for Social Welfare Information on Prionsias De Rossa Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  the number of people who are in receipt of the family income supplement, back to work allowance, educational opportunities scheme, preretirement allowance, adult dependant allowance, child dependant allowance; and the number of recipients for each social insurance and social assistance category. [4621/96]

Minister for Social Welfare (Proinsias De Rossa): Information on Prionsias De Rossa Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa The information requested is contained in the following table. The table shows the total number of people who availed of the students summer jobs scheme during the summer of 1995. The table also shows the total number of people who are availing of the vocational training opportunities scheme and the third level allowance scheme in the 1995-96 academic year.

All of the schemes in question are social assistance schemes.

Scheme Recipients Adult Dependants Child Dependants
Family Income Supplement as at 31 December 1995 11,398 32,712
Back to Work Allowance as at 23 February 1996 10,433 n.a. n.a.
Pre-Retirement Allowance as at 31 January 1996 14,898 6,100 4,205
1995 Students Summer Jobs Scheme 15,908 n.a. n.a.
Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme 5,000 n.a. n.a.
Third Level Allowance Scheme 2,000 n.a. n.a.

n.a. — not available.

 91. Mr. J. Walsh Information on Joe Walsh Zoom on Joe Walsh  asked the Minister for Social Welfare Information on Prionsias De Rossa Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  the cost of social assistance increases in 1994 and 1995; and the projected cost for the full year 1996. [4622/96]

Minister for Social Welfare (Proinsias De Rossa): Information on Prionsias De Rossa Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa The cost of the social assistance rate increases in the 1994 and 1995 budgets and the projected full year cost [791] of the 1996 budget rate increases in social assistance are as follows:

Year Cost
  £ million
1994 56.1
1995 37.6
1996 56.9


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