Social Welfare Recipients, by Programme


Department of Social Protection

Key information

For each programme (Old age; Widows, widowers and one-parent families; Child-related payments; Illness, disability and caring; Supplementary welfare allowance; Miscellaneous payments and grants), the recipients are broken down by sex and age group, and by county. There are also breakdowns where appropriate by number of dependants, by number of beneficiaries, or by number of qualified adults or children. Also included are recipients by payment type and method of payment, recipients of disablement pensions by sex and degree of disablement, and details of cases referred to medical assessors.


Department of Social and Family Affairs administrative records.


All Social Welfare recipients, except unemployment and employment supports.



Reference period

31 December

Start date



Typically 9 months after the end of the reference period


  • County
    The 26 geographic counties.
  • Age
    Varying age ranges depending on the payment type.
  • Disablement
    Less Than 20%; 20% to 100% in 10% increments.
  • Payment method
    Personalised payable order; Cheque; Electronic fund transfer; Post draft.


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