Written Answers . - Social Welfare Benefits .

Tuesday, 22 March 1983

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 341 No. 3

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Mr. S. Walsh: Information on Seán Walsh  Zoom on Seán Walsh  asked the Minister for Social Welfare if, in view of the circumstances, he will reconsider his decision to refuse disability benefit to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12.

Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. B. Desmond): Information on Barry Desmond  Zoom on Barry Desmond  : Following a review of the decision in this case it was decided to allow payment of disability benefit in respect of a claim made on behalf of the late husband of the person concerned. A cheque for the arrears of disability benefit less amount of supplementary welfare allowance advanced was issued to the insured person's wife on 22 March 1983. In addition a further cheque in respect of pay-related benefit was also issued on 22 March 1983.

312.

Mr. J. Walsh: Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will arrange to pay unemployment benefit and arrears to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. B. Desmond): Information on Barry Desmond  Zoom on Barry Desmond  : The person concerned has been awarded unemployment assistance for varying periods from July 1982 to the end of the year. She qualified for unemployment benefit however from the commencement of a new benefit year on 3 January 1983. She is a postal applicant and arrangements have been made to pay all arrears of unemployment assistance and unemployment benefit due to her this week. Further weekly payments of unemployment benefit at £27.80, the rate appropriate to a married woman will be made as they become due.

313.

Mr. J. Walsh: Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will arrange to pay unemployment benefit to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. B. Desmond): Information on Barry Desmond  Zoom on Barry Desmond  : According to the records of the Department the person concerned has no contributions paid or credited in the contribution year from April 1981 to April 1982 which governs his claim to [367] benefit from January last. He does not for this reason qualify for unemployment benefit.

He has been asked to furnish a P.60 form or an employer's statement giving details of his employment during the relevant contribution year. When he does so his entitlement to unemployment benefit will receive further consideration.

Pending the completion of inquiries about his contribution record he has been asked to call to his local office to make a claim for unemployment assistance.

314.

Mr. J. Walsh: Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will arrange to pay an increase in unemployment assistance to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. B. Desmond): Information on Barry Desmond  Zoom on Barry Desmond  : The unemployment assistance claim of the person concerned was recently investigated by a social welfare officer following which his means have been assessed as being in excess of the statutory limit with effect from 23 March 1983. Means in his case are derived from land and from self-employment as a fisherman. His unemployment assistance claim has been disallowed from 23 March 1983. If he is dissatisfied with the decision it is open to him to appeal and to have his case determined by an appeals officer. A form for this purpose may be obtained at his local office.

316.

Mr. J. Walsh: Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will arrange to pay arrears of unemployment benefit to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. B. Desmond): Information on Barry Desmond  Zoom on Barry Desmond  : The person concerned had been receiving disability benefit until 18 November 1982 when he was found to be capable of work by a medical referee. He was certified fit for work by his own doctor on 28 January 1983. He has appealed against the disallowance of disability benefit between the two dates mentioned and his appeal has been referred to an appeals officer for decision. In the meantime he [368] claimed unemployment benefit from 31 January 1983 and his claim was allowed at the rate of £26.25. Weekly payments are being made to him as they become due. There are no arrears of unemployment benefit due to him.

318.

Mr. J. Walsh: Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will arrange to pay unemployment benefit to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. B. Desmond): Information on Barry Desmond  Zoom on Barry Desmond  : According to the records of the Department the person concerned does not satisfy the contribution conditions for entitlement to unemployment benefit but inquiries to establish his employment record are being made. Pending the completion of these inquiries arrangements have been made to pay him unemployment assistance at the rate of £25.35. All arrears due will be paid this week and further payments will be made as weekly payments become due.


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