Hanafin, Mary

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 695 No. 1

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Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: if a young child who has been diagnosed with dyslexia by her departmental psychologists, and whose reading is just 4% and whose IQ is 85, is entitled to domiciliary care allowance; the criteria which...More Button

The transfer of the Domiciliary Care Allowance scheme from the Health Service Executive to this Department arises from a Government decision on 28th February 2006 to reallocate certain functions betwe...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code.

Was asked: if she will put a system in place which makes allowances for the sporadic nature of income of visual artists so that they are not penalised for inconsistent PRSI contributions and are able to access ...More Button

Self-employed people including Artists are liable for PRSI at the Class S rate of 3%. Consequently, they are eligible for a narrower range of benefits than general employees who, together with their e...More Button

Was asked: if she will consider reducing the amount of time people have to be in receipt of social welfare benefits in order to qualify for the back to education scheme, especially at third level, in view of th...More Button

Since its introduction, the underlying objective of the back to education allowance (BTEA) scheme has been to equip people on social welfare payments with qualifications that will enable them to obtai...More Button

Was asked: her plans to introduce a three-tier system of child benefit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the rates of Child Benefit have increased significantly since 2001, having trebled for the first two children and increased by over 185% for the third and subsequent child...More Button

Written Answers - Statutory Instruments.

Was asked: the State agencies under the remit of her Department which have, or had over the past decade, the power to sign statutory instruments; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The four statutory bodies operating under the aegis of the Department are the Pensions Board, the Citizens Information Board, the Family Support Agency and the Social Welfare Tribunal. In addition the...More Button

Was asked: if she will provide a list of all unnumbered statutory instruments signed by her or her predecessors over the past ten years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

No unnumbered statutory instruments have been signed by me or by any of my predecessors over the past ten years.More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be approved and paid their fuel allowance. More Button

A claim for Fuel Allowance was received from the person concerned on 13 October 2009. The Allowance was awarded on 20 October 2009, with effect from 25 September 2009. A formal notification of this de...More Button

Written Answers - Social Insurance.

Was asked: the estimated yield from employers, employees and self-employed PRSI in 2009 and 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The estimate of €7,500 million for total PRSI income was published in the revised estimates volume for 2009. 2009 PRSI Estimated Income The forecast for 2010 is being addressed in the context of the ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals.

Was asked: if an oral hearing will be heard in relation to a carer’s allowance appeal for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that, following receipt of the relevant Departmental papers including comments on the grounds of appeal, the appeal from the person concerned has been ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal in relation to jobseeker’s benefit for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal in relation to carer’s allowance for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

Was asked: when an invalidity pension appeal will be finalised for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

Was asked: when an appeal for carers allowance will be finalised for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 254, 255, 257 to 259, inclusive, and 262 together. Further to my response to 34699/09 on 07 October 2009 and 35166/09, 35167/09 & 35391/09 on 13 October 2009 and 37057...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Longford was refused a carer’s allowance. More Button

On 28 September 2009 the person concerned was refused Carer’s Allowance on the grounds that full time care and attention is not required in this case. He was notified of this decision, the reason for ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal in relation to a carer’s allowance for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that, in accordance with statutory requirements, the relevant Departmental papers and comments on the grounds of appeal in the case of the person conce...More Button

Was asked: when an appeal will be heard in relation to domiciliary care allowance for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that, following receipt of the relevant Departmental papers including comments on the grounds of appeal, the appeal from the person concerned has been ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the savings to date in 2009 yielded from the 8% reduction in professional fees introduced in February 2009; the savings she expects to be made as a result of this 8% reduction in 2009 as a whole; and...More Button

Savings to date in 2009 yielded from the 8% reduction in professional fees total some €1.84 million. The vast bulk of the savings arise from fee reductions applied in respect of dentists, opticians an...More Button


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