Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 728 No. 7

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  88.  Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl   asked the Minister for Social Protection  Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton   the reason a person (details supplied) who wishes to apply for jobseeker’s allowance has been advised that they must apply for lone parent allowance, when the fact is that this person wishes to remain within the work force and is available for work; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6130/11]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  The person concerned was paid jobseeker’s benefit with effect from 12 August 2010. During a review of her claim, she indicated that as she has a young child, she is available for part-time work only. In order to qualify for jobseeker’s benefit, a person must, in addition to a number of other qualifying conditions, be available for and actively seeking full-time work. Her claim was disallowed with effect from 06 January 2011 and she was advised that she may have an entitlement to a one parent family payment. An appeal against the disallowance of jobseeker’s benefit was made on 27 January 2011. To date, a one parent family payment application has not been made.


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