PQ: Direct Provision Data

Tue, January 19, 2016

120. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the full-year cost in 2016, based on the projected number of persons accessing direct provision, of increasing the weekly adult rate from €19.10 to €23.00, €24.00, €25.00, €27.00, €28.00, €30.00, €32.00, €34.00, €36.00, and €38.74; and of increasing the weekly child rate from €9.60 to €12.00, €14.00, €15.00, €16.00, €18.00, €20.00, €22, €24.00, €26.00, €28.00 and €29.80; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Kevin Humphreys): The direct provision allowance is a non-statutory payment administered by the Department of Social Protection on behalf of the Department of Justice and Equality to persons in the Direct Provision system. The Government has provided €3.6 million for direct provision allowance in 2016.

The Government has recently approved an increase in the weekly direct provision allowance payment in respect of children from €9.60 to €15.60 from January 2016. The full-year cost in 2016 of this increase is approximately €345,000.

There are approximately 3,000 adults and 1,100 children residing in the system of direct provision in respect of whom the direct provision allowance is being paid. The full-year cost in 2016, based on the current numbers, of increasing the weekly adult rate from €19.10 to €23.00, €24.00, €25.00, €27.00, €28.00, €30.00, €32.00, €34.00, €36.00, and €38.74; and of increasing the weekly child rate from to €12.00, €14.00, €15.00, €16.00, €18.00, €20.00, €22.00, €24.00, €26.00, €28.00 and €29.80; is provided in the attached tabular statement. The numbers of persons seeking asylum in Ireland is increasing which would increase the costs as set out.

The Report of the Working Group on the Protection Process recommended an increase in the rate of the direct provision allowance payment for both adults and children which will be considered by the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy and Public Service Reform in due course.

Adult Rate and full-year cost of rate increase.

Adult Rate €19.10 Additional full year cost to increase adult rate from €19.10 to amount
Increase to €23.00 €608,400
Increase to €24.00 €764,400
Increase to €25.00 €920,400
Increase to €27.00 €1,232,400
Increase to €28.00 €1,388,400
Increase to €30.00 €1,700,400
Increase to €32.00 €2,012,400
Increase to €34.00 €2,324,400
Increase to €36.00 €2,636,400
Increase to €38.74 €3,063,840

Child Rate and full-year cost of rate increase.

Child Rates Additional full year cost to increase child rate from €9.60 to amount Additional full year cost to increase child rate from €15.60 to amount
Increase to €12.00 €137,280 n/a
Increase to €14.00 €251,680 n/a
Increase to €15.00 €308,880 n/a
Increase to €16.00 €366,080 €22,880
Increase to €18.00 €480,480 €137,280
Increase to €20.00 €594,880 €251,680
Increase to €22.00 €709,280 €366,080
Increase to €24.00 €823,680 €480,480
Increase to €26.00 €938,080 €594,880
Increase to €28.00 €1,052,480 €709,280
Increase to €29.80 €1,155,440 €812,240

Source.