The issuing of 65,000 PPS numbers to Ukrainian refugees has price the State €176m up to now this 12 months, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been advised.
complete of 260,000 PPS numbers (PPSN) have been issued in complete this 12 months, 200,000 of which have been issued to non-nationals and 60,000 to Irish infants born.
Secretary normal on the Division of Social Safety John McKeon advised TDs essentially the most PPS numbers issued up to now decade, other than this 12 months, was 180,000 in 2017.
There have been solely round 130,000 PPSN functions final 12 months.
He confirmed to Mayo TD Alan Dillon that €176m has been spent within the division on the issuing of PPS numbers in reception centres which welcome Ukrainian refugees arriving into the nation.
Round 200 folks within the division at the moment challenge PPS numbers, that are given to all Ukrainians who arrive within the State.
“Our PPSN processing has been beneath strain. We now have deployed additional workers and additional sources to it, together with time beyond regulation. It was up at six weeks its now again all the way down to 4 weeks,” he stated.
“Ten days is the place we need to be.”
He stated there have been over 10,000 PPSN functions from folks looking for worldwide safety.
“We now have acquired sanction from the Division of Public Expenditure and Reform to extend our staffing by about 280 subsequent 12 months,” he stated.
Mr McKeon warned towards members of the general public “making mischief and so forth with numbers like this”, saying welfare workers are honoured to be finishing up this work.
The PPS numbers are issued to folks coming to Eire to work in addition to their households.
The Division has additionally elevated their spending on software program since an tried cyber assault, the committee was advised.
The Division of Social Safety was focused by hackers at an identical time when the HSE was attacked final 12 months.
“The HSE has realized lots from it and we’ve applied among the controls that they’ve subsequently applied,” stated Mr McKeon.