Stanton, David

Tuesday, 24 May 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 602 No. 7

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Priority Questions - Social Welfare Code.

Asked the minister: the supports provided by the State for carers; his views on whether they are adequate and equitable; his plans to enhance these supports; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

One of the conditions governing the scheme, as I am sure the Minister is aware, is that a person may claim only one payment from his Department. Is he aware of the needs of old age pensioners and the ...More Button

Does the Minister think it is right that someone caring for an adult dependant and in receipt of the carer’s allowance no longer receives that allowance when he or she reaches retirement age? As the p...More Button

Many of them are carers.More Button

Asked the minister: if he will report on the guidelines issued to social welfare offices regarding the habitual residency condition; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Will the Minister tell me how many people were told that their claims did not satisfy the condition over the period 2004 to 2005? Is it true that migrants who have been invited to work here but lose t...More Button

I again ask the Minister about those who came here in good faith to work but lost their jobs and are on the side of the street. Without support, how are they expected to eat and find shelter? Is the M...More Button

I was not informed of this in the answer to my parliamentary question last week.More Button

An unofficial rather than an official review is being conducted. I asked about this matter last week.More Button

Why did the Minister not provide me with the correct information last week? Everything and nothing is under review.More Button

Will he conduct a review? He did not give me an answer on this last week.More Button

Of course. I ought to have received the appropriate information last week when I asked about it.More Button

A death will occur among these people before action is taken.More Button

That is not happening.More Button

People will die. The policy is media-driven.More Button

Other Questions - Anti-Poverty Strategy.

Is the Minister concerned that the Government has excluded as social partners many of those organisations interested in the plight of those experiencing poverty? Will the Minister address this issue s...More Button

They were excluded.More Button

Disability Bill 2004: Report Stage (Resumed).

I move amendment No. 31: In page 9, to delete lines 32 and 33 and substitute the following: “6.—The Minister shall— (a) carry out a review this Act, in particular the definition of disability, within ...More Button

I have a friend who cannot walk and who is, therefore, in a wheelchair. He has a job and is actually making more money than me because he is highly gifted. He is able to carry on a profession, busines...More Button

He does not need them yet. According to the definition in the Bill——More Button

——he does not have a disability. The legislation states that a disability, in respect of a person, means “a substantial restriction in the capacity of the person to carry on a profession, business or ...More Button

He says that he is not wrong.More Button

If the Minister of State is getting upset because we are proving him wrong, I am sorry for him. According to those who have studied the Bill, the definition excludes people more than it includes them....More Button

——not later than five years after the commencement of the Act? Will it be started or completed by then? Will the review be completed and on the Minister of State’s desk not later than five years after...More Button

I do not suggest it. I am just setting out the definition of disability as contained in the Bill. It talks about a “substantial restriction” in the capacity of a person to carry out a business, profes...More Button

I move amendment No. 38: In page 10, to delete line 6. I suggest the introduction of a new officer, called the needs officer. We have discussed this already and many people are concerned at what they ...More Button

Written Answers - Food Safety.

Asked the minister: her views on the use of aspartame in food and drink products; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Poverty Reduction.

Asked the minister: the efforts he is making to tackle the new phenomenon of the working poor; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Reviews.

Asked the minister: further to Parliamentary Question No. 207 of 17 May 2005, when he will publish the review carried out and completed by his Department on the supplementary welfare allowance; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Asked the minister: the membership of the city and county child care committees; the amount expended by each of these committees each year since they were established; if the work of the committees has been evaluated; hi...More Button


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