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Wednesday 24 January 2018

State pays €18m in benefits to its workers

Anne-Marie Walsh

THE Government is paying an estimated €18m a year to support its own workers who are forced to rely on social welfare benefits.

More than one-in-10 of Family Income Supplement recipients are public servants, new figures from the Department of Social Protection reveal.

The 2,855 state employees in receipt of the state handout last month represent 11pc of the more than 27,000 beneficiaries of the weekly benefit.

The number of recipients of the supplement was around the same level in 2008 when the bill was €170.3m.

If public servants -- who make up 11pc of all recipients -- got the same proportion of the spend the cost would be more than €18m.

Among recipients of the social welfare payment are firefighters, road workers and Health Service Executive employees, including home-help workers, cleaners and porters.

The weekly tax-free payment is available to low-paid married and unmarried employees with children.

Irish Independent

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