Desmond, Barry

Wednesday, 8 February 1984

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 347 No. 10

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National Social Service Board Bill, 1983: Committee and Final Stages.

I move amendment No. 1: In page 3, line 29, to delete “1983” and substitute “1984”. Section 1 defines the terms used in the Bill and it contains the standard interpretative provisions. The amendment ...More Button

This section contains a standard provision empowering the Minister to appoint by order an establishment day for the purposes of this Bill. It is a routine provision. Question put and agreed to. SECTI...More Button

This provides for the establishment on the establishment day of the National Social Service Board to perform the functions designated to it under the Bill. Question put and agreed to. SECTION 4.More Button

I regret I am unable to accept the amendments proposed by Deputy O'Hanlon for the reasons I have already given during the Second Stage debate. I explained that the National Social Service Board was i...More Button

I strongly hold the view that there is a need for a separate role for the National Social Service Board. Deputies are aware of the specific functions of the board as outlined — questions of accessibi...More Button

Briefly, it is fair to say that when the National Social Service Board were in their former state of existence prior to the setting up of the National Community Development Agency the old Combat Pover...More Button

The broad objectives behind the amendment are entirely laudable but the functions outlined in the amendment are not within the framework of the objectives of the board. I have no doubt that the gener...More Button

In a debate of this sort we may tend to talk to each other and to be at cross-purposes. I share some of the sentiments expresed by Deputies Wyse and O'Hanlon but I would refer them to paragraphs (d) ...More Button

I would have difficulty in accepting such an amendment at this stage. The Deputy appreciates that I am anxious to expedite the establishment of the board for a variety of reasons. Its setting up has ...More Button

Much as I am tempted, I could not accept it. I do not want to devolve research functions on the new board. If they were to engage in research a whole new function would be opened up for them.More Button

I am not being obdurate, but I would have great difficulty in accepting such an amendment. Amendment put and declared lost. Question proposed: “That section 4 stand part of the Bill.”More Button

It is largely to strengthen the section. Basic information and data are extremely useful but very often there are subjective matters in the delivery of social services and as such giving advice would...More Button

I accept the Deputy's stricture in that regard.More Button

One merit of that section, taken in conjunction with section 25, is that any regulations made under the subsection must be laid before the Oireachtas. This will give us an opportunity to comment on a...More Button

I thank Deputies O'Hanlon and Wyse and their colleagues for their co-operation in ensuring the speedy passage of the Bill. Question put and agreed to.More Button

Written Answers. - Farmers' Health Contributions.

Health boards are currently issuing demands in respect of 1983-84 and in respect of arrears due. The delay factor was occasioned by organisational and other difficulties involved in changing from a ...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

The person concerned claimed unemployment assistance from 28 November 1983 and his case was referred to a social welfare officer for investigation of his means. Following the completion of inquiries ...More Button

The person concerned is in receipt of unemployment assistance at the weekly rate of £9.25, being the maximum rate payable to him £28 less means £18.75. Means in his case are derived from the benefit ...More Button

The free electricity allowance which applied to the account of the person concerned from January 1980 was terminated in September 1983 as his grandson who is resident with him ceased to come within th...More Button

The rate of unemployment benefit payable to an applicant is reduced after 156 days of benefit if he does not satisfy the contribution condition of having 280 paid contributions in a seven-year period.More Button

Following a review of his unemployment assistance claim, the means assessed against the person concerned were increased from £1.40 per week to £7.65 per week from 18 January 1984. These means are der...More Button

The old age pension claim of the person concerned was investigated and forwarded to the local pension committee for decision on 30 November 1983. Payment of pension was not recommended as the assessme...More Button

A claimant is disqualified for receipt of an unmarried mother's allowance as long as she and any person are living together as man and wife. It was held that this disqualification applied to the pers...More Button

The person concerned claimed unemployment benefit on 7 November 1983 but was disqualified for receiving the benefit for six weeks on the grounds that he voluntarily left his employment without just ca...More Button

The person concerned claimed unemployment assistance from 28 November 1983 and his case was referred to a social welfare officer for investigation of his means. Following the completion of inquiries ...More Button

The person concerned claimed unemployment assistance from 14 November 1983, and his case was referred to a social welfare officer for investigation of his means. Following the completion of inquirie...More Button

The person concerned has been awarded deserted wife's allowance for herself and three children with effect from 6 October 1983 at the maximum weekly rate of £69.40. When making her claim, she did not...More Button

The person concerned applied for an increase in the rate of unemployment assistance payable to him on 3 November 1983 in respect of a child born on 9 October 1983. The weekly rate of unemployment as...More Button

The person concerned submitted an application for children's allowance on 7 November 1983 in respect of her fourth child who was born on 9 October 1983. Children's allowance at the rate of £11.25 per ...More Button

The person concerned claimed unemployment benefit on 23 August 1983. Pay-related benefit was payable from 13 September 1983 and the amount is £12.62 weekly. Owing to a miscalculation an incorrect a...More Button

It was decided by an appeals officer on 13 December 1983 that the person concerned is not entitled to a blind pension as he failed to fulfil the statutory condition as to blindness. An examination by...More Button

The person concerned is at present in receipt of unemployment assistance at the weekly rate of £52.10 being the maximum rate applicable to him as a person with means assessed at £0.95 on the basis of ...More Button


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