Over 900 Carlow households in receipt of payment designed to prevent in-work poverty

The figures were published in response to a Parliamentary Question

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Over 900 Carlow households are in receipt of Working Family Payment, new figures have revealed. 

The WFP is a weekly tax-free payment which provides additional income support to employees on low earnings with children. 

It is designed to prevent in-work poverty for low paid workers with child dependents and to offer a financial incentive to take up employment.

Fianna Fáil's Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection for the number of households in each county in receipt of the WFP. 

Minister Regina Doherty provided the figures in a written response which revealed that 932 households are in receipt of the payment here - which was one of the lowest nationwide.