€465m spent on social welfare supports locally last year

Aug 9, 2021 16:08 By Shannonside News
€465m spent on social welfare supports locally last year €465m spent on social welfare supports locally last year
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Almost €100m was spent on social supports in Roscommon alone.

Close to 465 million euro was spent on Covid-19 income supports in the Shannonside Northern Sound region last year.

Co Cavan accounted for the largest spend locally, with supports worth almost 131 million euro.

The Department of Social Protection has released a report on the expenditure of schemes administered by the Department - including those introduced as part of the Government's response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.


The total Social Welfare expenditure in 2020 was almost €30.6 billion, an increase of €9.7 billion on the previous year.

Nationwide, over 1.2 million people were supported for at least one week by a Covid-19 income support scheme in 2020, at a cost of 8.9 billion euro.

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment accounted for almost 60% of this, at 5.1 billion.


Locally, Co Cavan had the biggest spend, receiving just under 131 million euro for covid-19 income supports.

Co Monaghan came next, with just over 120 million euro going to the county for these supports.

Across the Shannonside region, close to 100 million was spent on covid-19 income schemes in Co Roscommon.


More than 62 million was spent in Longford, while just under 52 million euro went to Co Leitrim.

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys says the report "details the scale of the impact of Covid-19 on the economy in Ireland".]

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