This is the nineteenth issue of the annual "Statistical Information on Social Welfare Services" prepared by the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs. It sets out comprehensive data relating to services provided by the Department.
The statistics set out in this report relate to 2001 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.
Expenditure figures for 2001 are provisional pending certification by the Comptroller and Auditor General.
All Expenditure figures have been converted to Euro amounts.
Source of Data
The source for the statistics presented, unless otherwise stated, is the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs.
Time Series and Changes to Existing Payments
Time Series data are given, where available. However, the introduction of new payments and changes to existing payments affect the comparability of different years' figures in some instances. Relevant tables are footnoted where appropriate.
Breakdown by Section
The report is divided into nine sections as follows:
Section A Summary and Financial
Section B Old Age
Section C Widows, Widowers and One-Parent Families
Section D Child Related Payments
Section E Illness, Disability and Caring
Section F Unemployment Supports
Section G Employment Supports
Section H Supplementary Welfare Allowance
Section J Miscellaneous Payments and Grants
Appendix 2 (page 95) lists the payments covered by each category.
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 relating to old age.
Section C provides details of expenditure and recipients of payments to widows, widowers and one-parent families. It also includes some statistics on payment to deserted wives and prisoners' wives.
Section D provides details of expenditure and recipients of child related payments including Child Benefit, Orphan's Pensions and Maternity Benefit.
Section E provides details of expenditure and recipients of Disability Benefit, Invalidity Pension, Disability Allowance, Blind Person's Pension, Carers Allowance and Occupational Injury Benefits.
Section F provides details of unemployment payments.
Section G provides details of employment supports including Back to Work Allowance, Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, Back to Education Allowance, the Student's Summer Jobs Scheme, Family Income Supplement and Farm Assist.
Section H provides details of the range of payments available under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance scheme.
Section J provides details of Treatment Benefits, Free Schemes and other miscellaneous payments. In addition this section includes information on the Voluntary and Community Services as well as the Family Services administered by the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs.
A Social, Community and Family Affairs Leaflet to complement this report has been published. It contains, in summary form, details of expenditure and recipient numbers along with the social welfare payment rates applicable from January 2002.
Readers views and comments on this report are welcome and should be addressed to:
Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs,
Áras Mhic Dhiarmada,
Tel: 01-7043834 Fax: 01-7043765 E-Mail:
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The Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs 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. In addition, the "Guide to Social Welfare Services" provides comprehensive information on all social welfare services and is available directly from any office of the Department and on the Internet.