Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 696 No. 2

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  228.  Deputy Michael Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has not received jobseeker’s benefit; and the reason for the delay. [43748/09]

Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Deputy Mary Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  The person concerned applied for jobseeker’s benefit on 19 October 2009. His claim was forwarded to a Social Welfare Inspector for enquiries regarding his employment record and jobseeker’s benefit entitlement as a self-employed person. When enquiries are completed a decision will be made as soon as possible and he will be notified of the outcome. He is currently in receipt of a disablement pension at the weekly rate of €70.60.

Under Social Welfare legislation decisions in relation to claims must be made by Deciding Officers and Appeals Officers. These officers are statutorily appointed and I have no role in regard to making such decisions.

  229.  Deputy Michael Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   the number of persons who commenced drawing unemployment or jobseeker’s benefit in each of the months from January 2007 to date in 2009; if she will compare those numbers to the numbers drawing [321]unemployment or jobseeker’s allowance in those months in tabular format; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43774/09]

  230.  Deputy Michael Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   the number of persons who ceased drawing unemployment or jobseeker’s benefit in each of the months from January 2007 to date in 2009 in tabular format; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43775/09]

Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Deputy Mary Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  I propose to take Questions Nos. 229 and 230 together.

The statistics requested by the Deputy are not readily available. However, I will revert to him by letter as soon as possible.


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