De Rossa, Prionsias

Wednesday, 22 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 No. 7

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Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Branch Offices.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has in relation to the future of social welfare branch offices; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the basis on which consideration is being given to the closure of the social welfare offices at Ballyshannon, Donegal town, Killybegs and Ballybofey, County Donegal; the negotiations, if any, which ha...More Button

Was asked: if he will cancel plans to close local social welfare offices in view of the potential impact on basic welfare services.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: the way in which he intends to define the term, substantially handicapped, contained in section 101B (1) (b) of the Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 1993, as inserted by the Social Welfare Act, 199...More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of providing social welfare payments to the Packard Electric workers who will be made redundant in July 1996; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Barnardo's Document.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to implement any of the recommendations in the recent Barnardo's document entitled "Children First" and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - NESF Report.

Was asked: his views on the recent NESF report on long-term unemployment initiatives.More Button

Written Answers. - Rent Supplements.

Was asked: the maximum levels of rent supplement payable by the health boards in each of the health board areas; and the method by which the health boards calculate the maximum levels of rent supplement which ap...More Button

Maximum rent levels are determined by the health boards in light of local knowledge and taking into account such factors as current accommodation costs in the area. Accommodation costs are based on i...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: if he will give the comparative social welfare rates for Ireland and the United Kingdom in respect of unemployment assistance, unemployment benefit, non-contributory old age pension and single parent ...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the following statement:More Button

Was asked: his views on the further contribution his Department can make towards ensuring a minimum income for persons in low paid employment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on the introduction of an in-work payment for single persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 and 29 together. Under existing provisions, family income supplement is payable to low paid workers with children, whose weekly earnings are below specified income ...More Button

Written Answers. - Students' Summer Jobs Scheme.

Was asked: the reason students who had participated in the students summer jobs scheme in previous years are being prevented from working in this scheme 1996 and are being informed that they may claim unemployme...More Button

Was asked: if he will review the student job scheme in order to reintroduce an extra payment to participants whose parents are social welfare recipients; if he will make a general increase in payments to partici...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 15 and 30 together. The underlying purpose of the students' summer jobs scheme is to provide income support for the less well-off third level students who are disquali...More Button

Written Answers. - Butter Vouchers.

Was asked: whether he intends to extend eligibility for butter vouchers to people in receipt of contributory widows and old-age pensions and who are also entitled to a free fuel allowance; and if he will make a ...More Button

There are no plans to extend the scope of the butter vouchers scheme to include insurance-based payments such as contributory widow's pension and old age contributory pension. The scheme is funded by ...More Button

Written Answers. - Elimination of Poverty Traps.

Was asked: the nature of proposals he has under consideration to remove poverty traps for low and middle-income workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An expert working group is examining the integration of the tax and social welfare systems, with a view to eliminating as far as possible the poverty traps and work disincentives which arise in these...More Button

Was asked: the current state of discussions regarding the EU Poverty IV Programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to the answer the Minister gave to Question No. 8 on 3 April 1996. The situation has not changed.More Button

Written Answers. - Charter of Rights.

Was asked: whether he will follow the example of the Revenue Commissioners by introducing a charter of rights for social welfare customers.More Button

Considerable progress has already been made by the Department in improving the quality of its services in the context of the strategic management initiative—SMI—recently launched by the Government. T...More Button

Written Answers. - Oifig Leasa Shóisialaigh.

Was asked: Shóisialaigh an bhfuil sé i gceist aige oifig Leasa Shóisialaigh a oscailt i gCeathrú Rua, Contae na Gaillimhe, le freastal ar Ghaeltacht Chonamara.More Button

Déanann mo Roinnse séirbhísí a sholáthar do mhuintir Chonamara ó na h-oifigí i nGaillimh, An Clochán agus Uachtar Ard. Go príomha, glactar le héilimh, agus déantar socruithe chun íocaíochtaí Sochar a...More Button

Written Answers. - Taxi Drivers' Entitlements.

Was asked: whether taxi drivers and hackneys working three days a week will continue to receive social welfare payments in respect of the days they do not work; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Self-employed persons such as taxi drivers and hackneys may claim means-tested unemployment assistance. Such persons are not required to sign-off the live register on any day they engage in self-emplo...More Button

Written Answers. - Poverty Levels.

Was asked: his working definition of the poverty line; the estimated number of Irish persons living below this level; and the three main planned initiatives, if any, he has to reduce this number.More Button

Was asked: his views of the appropriate measures to be adopted to make provision for providing social welfare payments in the decades ahead; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 23 and 102 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Rate Increases.

Was asked: the cost to the Exchequer of social welfare general rate increases of 1 per cent, 2 per cent and 3 per cent, based on rates payable in 1996.More Button

The total cost of general increases in weekly social welfare payment rates is estimated as follows: cost in a full year of general 1 per cent increase, £36 million; cost in a full year of general 2 pe...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to consult organisations for the disabled concerning the further implementation of the transfer of disability allowances; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In the context of the transfer of disabled person's maintenance allowance—disabled person's maintenance allowance—from the health boards to this Department consultations have already taken place with...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Insurance for Share Fishermen.

Was asked: the legislative proposals, if any, he has to address the ongoing concerns of share-fishermen; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Minister informed the Deputy in reply to Question No. 199 on 14 May 1996 that a review of the social insurance provisions applying to the employment of share fishermen was being carried out in the...More Button

Written Answers. - Retirement Age.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to reduce the retirement age in view of the large number of men and women in their early sixties who would wish to avail of early retirement.More Button

The cost of reducing the pension age by one year is estimated to be in the order of £30 million in a full year. Any reduction in pension age of old age contributory pension (currently 66 years) or re...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to improve ways of targeting information to people who will shortly be entitled to old age pensions or retirement pensions in order to reduce the level of late claims.More Button

I am concerned to ensure that social welfare beneficiaries receive their full entitlements. To that end, ways of ensuring full and timely take-up of payments to which people are legally entitled are ...More Button

Written Answers. - EU Presidency.

Was asked: the plans or programmes, if any, which will be placed on the agenda for Ireland's forthcoming Presidency of the EU, with particular reference to the social welfare portfolio.More Button

Written Answers. - White Paper on Voluntary Sector.

Was asked: the discussions, if any, he has held relating to the proposed White Paper and charter on the voluntary sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when the task force on the preparation of the White Paper and charter for voluntary organisations was first due to report to Government; the progress, if any, made to date; and if he will make a state...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 32 and 104 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Financial Support for Children.

Was asked: if he will give a breakdown of the total financial support provided to and in respect of children up to the age of 18 years through the social welfare system.More Button

The total cost of financial support provided to and in respect of children through the social welfare system is as follows:More Button

Written Answers. - Comite Des Sages Report.

Was asked: the steps, if any, he will take to advance the recommendations set out in the report of the Comite Des Stages which was presented to the European Social Forum in March 1996.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: if he will report on the possibility of participants in the community employment scheme being entitled to payment of a family income supplement in cases where they meet the eligibility criteria which ...More Button

I have no plans to review the criteria of entitlement to family income supplement (FIS) to include community employment (CE) scheme workers. As I have already indicated to the House, I do not consid...More Button

Was asked: the number of deserted spouses who are currently contributing part of their income to his Department in view of a lone parents' allowance being awarded.More Button

At the end of April 1996, 292 liable relatives were contributing to the Department on a regular basis, mostly by way of transferred maintenance payments, in respect of lone parent allowance, deserted ...More Button

Written Answers. - PRSI Rates.

Was asked: the rates of PRSI that apply for the year 1996; and the income thresholds that apply to each rate.More Button

The standard class A rate of PRSI, which applies to the vast majority of workers, varies according to weekly earnings. Employees earning below £30 per week are normally insured for occupational injur...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Supplements.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to ensure better value for money from the supplementary welfare allowance housing supplements in view of the escalating costs under this scheme in recent years.More Button

Section 179 of the Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 1993 as substituted by Paragraph 3 of the Sixth Schedule to the Act, provides for the payment of a weekly or monthly supplement, including rent a...More Button

Written Answers. - Treatment of Non-EU Nationals.

Was asked: whether he has received recommendations from the interdepartmental committee on non-nationals regarding the social welfare treatment of non-EU nationals; if so, the guidelines, if any, he intends publ...More Button

I have not at this time received any recommendations from the interdepartmental committee on non-Irish nationals. I understand the committee will, in it's second report, address issues relating to the...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: the number of people currently in receipt of deserted wife's payments who are in full-time employment.More Button

At the end of April 1996 there were 16,488 recipients of these payments—14,387 in receipt of deserted wife's benefit and 2,101 in receipt of deserted wife's allowance. Figures are not readily availabl...More Button

Written Answers. - Minimum Wage.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to bring forward his proposals for a minimum wage and a minimum income to Government for discussion.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Consultancy Costs.

Was asked: the total cost to the Exchequer in 1995 arising from the engagement, by him and his Department, of public relations companies; if he will give a breakdown of this cost; and if he will make a statement...More Button

No public relations companies have been engaged by my Department or myself in 1995.More Button

Written Answers. - Unemployed Persons' Age Profile.

Was asked: the age profile of the total number of unemployed persons; the progress, if any, that has been made to reduce the numbers in the 25 to 34 year old age group; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The age profile of the total number of persons on the live register on 20 October 1995 is set out in the following table:More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: if he intends to improve or extend the benefits to recipients of widows pension, other than the 3 per cent payment increase due in June 1996; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he intends to improve or extend the benefits to recipients of old age pensions, other than the payment increase due in June 1996; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he intends to improve or extend the benefits to recipients of invalidity pensions, other than the payment increase due in June 1996.More Button

Was asked: if he intends to improve or extend the benefits to recipients of unemployment benefit, other than the payment increase due in June 1996.More Button

It is proposed to take Questions Nos. 97, 98, 99 and 100 together. As the Deputy is aware, this year's budget provided for a general increase of 3 per cent in all weekly social welfare payments effect...More Button

Was asked: if he intends to improve or extend the benefits of free travel to recipients of social welfare in 1996; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The free travel scheme administered by my Department is available to all persons in the State aged 66 years or over and to certain disabled people under the age of 66. The scheme has been improved a...More Button

Written Answers. - Equal Treatment Arrears.

Was asked: whether his Department will accept responsibility for the professional fees incurred by claimants of equal treatment arrears; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the terms of settlements reached with the legal representativies of married women who initiated legal proceedings arising from the delay in implementing the equal treatment directive, the Depart...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Rehabilitation Programme.

Was asked: the financial assistance, if any, available to the parents of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1, both of whom are in receipt of social welfare payments, towards the cost of a £2,500 drug rehabil...More Button

The parents concerned are currently in receipt of social welfare payments. The father is in receipt of an invalidity pension at the maximum personal rate of £64.20 per week and his wife is in receipt...More Button

Written Answers. - Carer's Allowance.

Was asked: in view of his extension of the eligibility for a carers allowance to carers of persons who have occupational pensions and who are aged over 66 years, if he will review the situation in respect of sim...More Button

The carer's allowance was extended last year to include carers looking after people aged 66 years or over who are in receipt of a pension other than a social welfare pension e.g. those getting an occu...More Button


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