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Boland, Kevin

Thursday, 16 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 Nbr. 5


Written Answers. - Unemployment Assistance Means Test.

The scale of means limits under the Unemployment Assistance Acts is determined by reference to the scale of maximum urban rates of unemployment assistance, which is itself related to the size of an...More Button

Owing to the effect of a substantial increase in rates on the various means limits—and thus in the scope of the scheme—it is not possible to estimate with any degree of firmness the cos...More Button

Written Answers. - Payments from Social Insurance Fund.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 25, 26, 27 and 28 together. A breakdown of expenditure under the headings in the questions is not available in my Departme...More Button

Total expenditure on each benefit for the years in question is available in the published Accounts of the Social Insurance Fund.More Button

The particulars are as follows:More Button

AMOUNTS paid from the Social Insurance Fund in respect of Treatment Benefit in the years 1958-59 to 1964-65.More Button

Wet-time benefit is paid from the Supplementary Unemployment Fund and not from the Social Insurance Fund. The information regarding amounts paid in respect of the different classes of workers is a...More Button

* The age limit for young persons was lowered from 21 to 18 as from the 3rd August, 1963.More Button

Written Answers. - Contributing to social Insurance Fund.

A breakdown of contributions from employers and employees to the Social Insurance Fund cannot be given under all the headings in the Question because a particular rate of contribution may be common...More Button

NOTES: * Includes some receipts from voluntary contributors.More Button

† Common rate for women (agricultural), for persons engaged in share-fishing and for outworkers. Male out-worker weavers are insurable at ordinary contribution rates from January, 1959 and ...More Button

‡ Special rate for women in domestic service introduced from January, 1961.More Button

Employers are not involved in the payment of voluntary contributions by insured persons to the Social Insurance Fund.More Button

The information cannot be given for all the years for which it is required because, during the greater part of the period covered, voluntary contribution rates were the same as the rates for certai...More Button

Voluntary insurance contributions to the Social Insurance Fund.More Button

* Voluntary insurance for contributory old age pension was introduced on 2nd January, 1961.More Button

Written Answers. - Cost of Additional Social Welfare Payments.

The extra cost in a full year of extending to recipients with means the increases provided for in this year's Budget for recipients of non-contributory old age, blind and widows' pensions and of u...More Button

£530,000.More Button

It is estimated that the cost, in a full year, of eliminating the means test in respect of non-contributory widows' pensions would be in the region of £2,000,000.More Button

It is estimated that the cost, in a full year, of increasing by 50 per cent the means test limits for widows' non-contributory pensions would be in the region of £200,000.More Button

It is estimated that the cost, in a full year, of eliminating the means test provision in respect of non-contributory orphans' pensions would be in the region of £10,000.More Button

It is estimated that the cost, in a full year, of increasing by 50 per cent the means test limits for orphans' non-contributory pensions would be in the region of £2,500.More Button

It is estimated that the cost in a full year of abolishing the means test in respect of non-contributory old age pensions at the rates proposed in the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill...More Button

The estimated cost of increasing by 50 per cent the means test limits of each category of existing non-contributory old age pensions is £420,000 in respect of current recipients.More Button

Additional expenditure would be involved in respect of persons who do not at present qualify for pensions but there is no information as to the numbers who might so qualify.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Assistance Payments.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45 together.More Button

A breakdown of expenditure under the headings in the questions is not available in my Department. It is not possible, therefore, to furnish information regarding expenditure on social assistance i...More Button

Total expenditure on these services in the years in question is available in the published Appropriation Accounts.More Button