De Rossa, Prionsias

Wednesday, 1 February 1995

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 448 No. 4

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Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: if provision will be made in the 1995 budget to extend the national fuel scheme to include persons in receipt of small retirement pensions from local authorities and other such bodies; and if he will ...More Button

Was asked: the cost in a full year of a £1 increase in the fuel allowance.More Button

Was asked: the annual cost of the fuel allowance scheme; the extra cost involved if the £5 private income figure were increased to £10 or £15; if he will increase the £5 threshold figure; and if he will grant a ...More Button

It is proposed to take Questions Nos. 116, 119 and 124 together. The national fuel scheme assists householders who are in receipt of long term social welfare or health board payments and who are unabl...More Button

Was asked: if provision will be made in the 1995 budget to extend Social Welfare benefits and schemes which are generally available to old age pensioners, to recipients of widows and widowers pensions; and if he...More Button

Was asked: if he will give free scheme benefits such as a free bus passes to persons on sickness pensions from semi-State bodies as is currently given to social welfare invalidity cases; the numbers and cost inv...More Button

Was asked: if he will amend the rules governing the free schemes, including travel, to allow the facilities to widows between the ages of 60-66 whose husbands' were entitled to the schemes at the time of death b...More Button

It is proposed to take Questions Nos. 117, 122 and 127 together. The free schemes administered by my Department include free travel, free electricity allowance, free natural gas allowance, free teleph...More Button

Was asked: in view of the circumstances of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary, if he will have arrangements made to have the living alone allowance and other benefits restored to her; and if he will...More Button

The person concerned is in receipt of a survivor's contributory pension with a fuel allowance from my Department. She had been receiving living alone allowance and free electricity allowance but these...More Button

Written Answers. - PRSI Contributions.

Was asked: the amount of money paid by self-employed people, including farmers, under the PRSI social insurance scheme since 1988.More Button

PRSI for the self-employed was introduced with effect from 6 April 1988. The social insurance element of the PRSI rate was set at 3 per cent for the 1988-89 tax year, at 4 per cent for the 1989-90 ta...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8, if an application for an old age non-contributory pension has been received; if this application has been refused; and if, in the circumstances n...More Button

The person concerned originally applied for old age non-contributory pension in November 1984. Payment was refused on the grounds that he failed to disclose his means. He reapplied in September 1991 ...More Button

Written Answers. - National Pensions Board Report.

Was asked: if consideration of the report on granting limited pensions to those with reduced contribution records has yet been completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

To qualify for an old age contributory pension a person must have entered insurance at least ten years before reaching pension age, have at least 156 contributions paid and have a yearly average of at...More Button

Written Answers. - Free Electricity Allowance.

Was asked: if he will make a concession in the case of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 9 whose ESB allowance has been withdrawn.More Button

One of the conditions for receipt of free electricity allowance is that the applicant must reside entirely alone or only with persons who come within certain excepted categories. The person concerned ...More Button

Written Answers. - Rent Allowance Guidelines.

Was asked: if he will alter the guidelines under which rent allowances are being paid to allow changes of address cases where a rent reduction is being received; if the new accommodation is deemed to be over acc...More Button

Under the supplementary allowance scheme, health boards may pay a weekly supplement towards the rent costs of persons whose means are insufficient to meet their needs. The supplement is calculated so...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: when equality payments will be made to persons (details supplied) in County Louth; the amount of payment due in each case; the way in which it was calculated; and the level of interest due on the paym...More Button

The Government are committed to payment of legally determined entitlements of married women to social welfare equality payments. The Programme for a Government of Renewal provides for the establishme...More Button


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