The new increased rate of pensions and weekly social welfare increases introduced in Budget 2019 last October will come into effect this week.
Budget 2019 included €362 million in additional social welfare expenditure, bringing the total social welfare spend to €20.5 billion for the year.
Wexford’s Minister Michael D’Arcy said: “I am very pleased to see these increases are coming on stream.
“In total, these increases will benefit 36,607 people here in Wexford. Fine Gael in Government is doing what we said we would do, using the benefits of our resurgent economy to help those who need it most.
“The maximum personal rate of pension will increase by €5 per week for 16,600 pensioners aged 66 and over from the week commencing on Tuesday, March 25th.
“There will also be a €5 increase for weekly welfare recipients including carers, widows, people with disabilities, lone parents, jobseekers, maternity and paternity benefit recipients, farm assist recipients and community employment participants.
“We will also see the increases on weekly payments of €2.20 for dependent children aged under 12, and €5.20 for dependent children aged 12 and over, secured by Minister Regina Doherty in the Budget. This will bring the qualified child increases to €34 per week and €37 per week respectively.
“Working lone parents who are receiving the one parent family payment and jobseeker’s transitional payment will now be able to earn an extra €20 per week, up to €150, and keep their full payment. Some 13,200 families will benefit from this which takes effect from next week.
“People receiving the Working Family Payment in receipt of maintenance will benefit from a new disregard of €95 per week in respect of housing costs.
“The weekly fuel allowance of €22.50 is being extended by one week this year until April 12th. Some 373,800 households across the country will benefit,” Minister D’Arcy said.