Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
304. Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for unemployment or jobseeker’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21510/10]
Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív): The person concerned submitted an application for jobseeker’s allowance on 29 March 2010. The payment of jobseeker’s allowance is subject to a means test and in this regard the file has been forwarded to a Social Welfare Inspector. I understand the Inspector interviewed the person concerned on 20 May 2010 and he has been asked to furnish additional documentation. The jobseeker’s allowance file will be returned to a Deciding Officer for decision once the Inspector’s report is complete. A person may apply for supplementary welfare allowance from their local Community Welfare Officer while any application for jobseeker’s allowance is being processed.
305. Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for child dependant allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21513/10]
Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív): The person concerned is currently in receipt of one parent family payment at a weekly rate of €225.80 (€196.00 personal rate + €29.80 child dependent rate in respect of one child). The person concerned has not been awarded child dependent allowance in respect of two other children as they are resident with their father under a Court Order. If there has been a change in circumstances the person concerned should contact Social Welfare Local Office in Longford.
306. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will consider correspondence (details supplied) in respect of a person; if a domiciliary care allowance will be approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21520/10]
Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív): An application for domiciliary care allowance was received in respect of the person in question on 6th April 2010. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who was of the opinion that the child did not meet the required medical criteria to qualify for the allowance. A letter issued to the applicant on 19th May 2010 advising her of the decision to refuse payment. In the case of an application which is refused, the applicant may submit additional information and ask for the case to be reviewed and/or they may appeal the decision by writing to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. On the basis of the additional information supplied by the Deputy, the case will now be reviewed and the customer will be notified in writing of the decision.
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