Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Social Protection the percentage and number of people living in Waterford City and County who are in receipt of a social welfare payment; and if he will list each category of payment with the number of recipients.
Reply from Deputy Joan Burton: The information requested by the Deputy is collated, at county level only, by my Department annually for inclusion in the Statistical Information on Social Welfare Services report. Work has commenced on the compilation of data for the production of the 2012 report. However, the most recent data available, at present, in respect of the number of people living in Waterford County and who were in receipt of a social welfare payment is for the year 2011.
This information is listed by each category of payment in these tabular statements.
Dáil Éireann allocates a certain amount of time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during which Deputies may ask questions of Members of the Government relating to Public Affairs connected with their Departments, or on matters of administration for whch they are officially responsible. The Taoiseach answers questions on his own Department on Tuesdays/Wednesdays.