Over 30 Voluntary and Community Groups Meet with Minister Burton at Pre-Budget Forum


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The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, TD, today (12th October 2012), hosted a pre-Budget Forum to give voluntary and community organisations the opportunity to make pre-Budget submissions relating to social welfare schemes at a special session in St Andrews Resource Centre in Dublin's Pearse Street.

In her opening remarks to the groups at the Forum, Minister Burton said: "It is important to clearly state that at this stage no decisions have been made in relation to measures for Budget 2013. These will be considered by the Government in the coming months and in the context of the overall requirement to reduce public expenditure generally."

Minister Burton continued: "One of my key priorities as Minister for Social Protection – the country's largest spending Department – is to balance the books, in particular by starting to put the Social Insurance Fund on a sustainable footing. This is important not only so that we can recover our economic sovereignty but also to ensure that the social protection system is sustainable into the future."

This year the Department of Social Protection will spend in the region of €20.55 billion on a wide range of schemes and services, 39% of all gross current Government expenditure. Over 2.2 million people, including 197,700 qualified adults and over 516,300 children, will benefit from a weekly payment from the Department of Social Protection, including those getting a jobseekers payment, on pensions, as a carer or for illness and disability.

Minister Burton said: "Looking ahead to the next Budget I will do my best to ensure that the burden of resolving the crisis does not fall disproportionately on those who depend on income supports from my Department."

31 groups attended the Forum, representing older people, people with disabilities, lone parents, children, unemployed people, carers and family support groups. (See appendix for list of organisations who attended the Forum).

Minister Burton concluded by stating that she wanted to ensure that the social protection system is sustainable into the future. She continued: "There are considerable challenges ahead for Budget 2013. At the forefront of our consideration is the need to protect, as far as possible, the key income supports and services operated by my Department."

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Notes for Editors

Table 1: Department of Social Protection Expenditure by Programme – Revised Estimate, 2012 (REV).
Programme 2012 REV Expenditure €million % of Total Expenditure
1. Administration 600 2.90%
2. Pensions (Including State Contributory and Non-Contributory Pensions and Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partners Contributory Pension) 6,255 30.40%
3. Working Age – Income Supports (Including Jobseeker’s Allowance, One Parent Family Payment, Farm Assist, Maternity Benefit, Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance etc.) 5,707 27.80%
4. Working Age – Employment Supports (Including Community Employment Programme, Rural Social Scheme, TÚS, Back to Work Allowance, Back to Education Allowance etc.) 983 4.80%
5. Illness, Disability and Carers (Including Disability Allowance, Illness Benefit, Carer’s Allowance, Invalidity Pension, Disablement Benefit etc.) 3,439 16.70%
6. Children (Child Benefit of €2 billion as well as other schemes such as Family Income Supplement, Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, School Meals Scheme and Guardian’s Payments) 2,400 11.70%
7. Supplementary Payments, Agencies and Miscellaneous Services
- Rent Supplement
- Mortgage Interest Supplement
- Household Benefits
- Free Travel
- Fuel Allowance
1,164
436
51
335
77
214
5.70%





Overall Total
Expenditure on Schemes, Services and Administration
20,547 100%

Table 2: Social Welfare Expenditure, 2002 to 2012
Year Total Social Welfare Expenditure €m Index of Expenditure

2002

9,517

100

2003

10,493

110.3

2004

11,291

118.6

2005

12,168

127.9

2006

13,586

142.8

2007

15,518

163.1

2008

17,809

187.1

2009

20,536

215.8

2010

20,850

219.1

2011

20,968

220.3

2012 [1]

20,547

215.9

Table 3: Recipients and Beneficiaries of Primary Weekly Social Welfare Payments, 2002 to 2012
Year Weekly Recipients Weekly Beneficiaries [2]

2002

938,971

1,496,714

2003

959,432

1,511,740

2004

957,732

1,463,921

2005

976, 613

1,469,106

2006

1,003,517

1,506,824

2007

1,060,327

1,577,463

2008

1,208,883

1,799,875

2009

1,379,206

2,076,256

2010

1,430,833

2,179,428

2011 [3]

1,467,129

2,248,284

2012 [4]

1,473,323

2,260,312

The Comprehensive Expenditure Report, 2012 – 2014, (CER) published last December provides for new expenditure reduction measures of €1,033 million over the next two years. This includes €540 million of new savings to be achieved in Budget 2013.

Table 4: Department of Social Protection Expenditure ceilings, 2012 - 2014 [5]
  2012 € million 2013 € million 2014 € million
Ministerial Expenditure Ceilings
(total allocations for gross current expenditure)
20,533 19,906 19,296
Savings measures introduced in 2012 475 648 690
Savings remaining to be specified   540 1,033

[1] Revised Estimate, 2012

[2] This includes qualified adults and children.

[3] 2011 and 2012 data include schemes transferred to the Department of Social Protection from FÁS and CEGA, including Community Employment, Rural Social Scheme.

[4] July 2012 Monthly Stats Report

[5] Page 24, Comprehensive Expenditure Report (CER), published by D/PER in December 2011


Appendix

List of Organisations Attending

  1. Active Retirement Ireland
  2. Age Action Ireland
  3. Care Alliance Ireland
  4. Carers Association
  5. Children's Rights Alliance
  6. Congress Centres Network (ICTU)
  7. CROSSCARE - sub group – Health Eating for All
  8. Disability Federation of Ireland
  9. FLAC
  10. Inclusion Ireland
  11. Irish Countrywomen's Association (ICA)
  12. Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU)
  13. Irish Senior Citizens Parliament
  14. National Federation of Pensioners' Associations
  15. National Women's Council of Ireland
  16. Older and Bolder
  17. One Family (Shared time slot with EAPN)
  18. OPEN
  19. Pavee Point
  20. Retired Workers Committee
  21. Saint Vincent de Paul
  22. Social Justice Ireland
  23. The Wheel
  24. Threshold
  25. TREOIR
  26. Trustus We Care
  27. Unmarried and Separated Families of Ireland
  28. Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice
  29. Alone
  30. Centre for Independent Living (C.I.L)
  31. European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)

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