Annual SWS Statistical Information Report


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Introduction

This is the thirty-sixth issue of the annual Statistical Information on Social Welfare Services report prepared by the Department of Employment Affairs Social Protection. It sets out comprehensive data relating to services provided by the Department.

Readers’ views and comments on the report are welcome and should be addressed to statsunit@welfare.ie. 

The statistics set out in this report relate to 2018 and earlier years. In the case of data relating to recipients and beneficiaries, the figures, unless otherwise stated, refer to the 31st December each year. Several tables, which provide a breakdown of recipients or beneficiaries by some characteristic such as number of dependants or age, are referred to as “estimated”. This means that the proportionate breakdown, which is considered to be a reliable estimate, was established at a date other than, but close to, 31st December.

The source for the statistics presented, unless otherwise stated, is the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Time Series data are given in the report where available, and are available in excel format also. However, the introduction of new payments and changes to existing payments can affect comparability over time. Relevant tables are footnoted where appropriate.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection also publishes an Annual Report which provides details of all major developments during the year in question. The Report is a progress report to the Minister and the Government on the implementation of the Department’s Strategy Statement.

The report is divided into eight sections as follows:

  • Section A provides details of expenditure, recipients of weekly Social Welfare Payments, insured persons and rates of payment.
  • Section B provides details of expenditure and recipients of payments to Older and Retired People.
  • Section C provides details of expenditure and recipients of Working Age Income Supports.
  • Section D provides details of Employment Supports including Back to Work Allowance, Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, Back to Education Allowance.
  • Section E provides details of expenditure and recipients of Illness, Disability and Caring including Illness Benefit, Invalidity Pension, Disability Allowance, Blind Pension, Carer’s Allowance and Occupational Injury Benefits.
  • Section F provides details of expenditure and recipients of child related payments including Child Benefit, Guardian’s Payment and Back to School Footwear and Clothing Allowance
  • Section G provides details of expenditure and recipients of Supplementary Payments including Rent Supplement and other miscellaneous payments.
  • Section H provides details of Operational Activity.

Recipient breakdowns by country 2002-2018 where available, are available for download here.
Recipient breakdowns by nationality 2014-2018 where available, are available for download here.
Data relating to total expenditure, PRSI, rates of payment, age and sex breakdown, and total beneficiary numbers, are available for download here.
Total Recipient numbers for schemes dating back to 2002 are available here.
Recipient breakdowns by country 2009-2018 are available for download here.

Last modified:27/08/2019