Report gives stark warning: We’re a welfare nation We’ve become a welfare nation “overly dependent” on state payments compared to other countries, newly published Government papers have warned. Almost every person in Ireland benefits, directly or indirectly, from some form of social welfare payment which amount to €20bn a year. ... There are 1.3m people in receipt of a weekly social welfare payment in respect of two million beneficiaries. A further 625,300 families receive a monthly child benefit payment in respect of 1.2m children. Of the weekly welfare recipients, 616,200 are in receipt of a pensions payment and 205,560 receive jobseeker’s payments. Some 194,010 received a disability allowance or an invalidity pension and 79,910 were in receipt of carer’s allowance or benefit.