Statistical Information on Social Welfare Services - Annual Report 2012

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This is the thirtieth issue of the annual “Statistical Information on Social Welfare Services” prepared by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. It sets out comprehensive data relating to services provided by the Department.

The statistics set out in this report relate to 2012 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 2012 are provisional pending certification by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Source of Data

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

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 affects 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 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 Groups

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 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 Rent Supplement, Mortgage Supplement and Local Authority Mortgage Supplements and other miscellaneous payments.

Section H provides details of the Live Register

Section J provides details of Claims Activity


Readers views and comments on this report are welcome and should be addressed to:

Statistics Unit,
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection,
Floor 1,
Áras Mhic Dhiarmada,
Store Street,
Dublin 1.

Fax: 01-7043594

This Report is also available on the internet at

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. 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.

Download the Annual Statistical report in full (PDF 4MB)

Last modified:10/07/2013

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