Burton, Joan

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 740 No. 3

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Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Houses of the Oireachtas Inquiries) Bill 2011: Committee and Remaining Stages

Rinne an Dáil vótáil: Tá, 102; Níl, 10.
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Written Answers - Social Insurance

Was asked: the amount generated from PRSI contributions in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; and the corresponding percentage of total revenue generating in those years. More Button

The total value of PRSI contributions paid into my Department’s Social Insurance Fund in each of the years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 is set out in the following table:More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the reason for the ongoing delay in processing the appeal for disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the disability allowance claim of the person concerned was disallowed following an assessment by a Medical Assessor who expressed the opinion that...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their application for back to school allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) scheme operates from the beginning of June until the end of September each year. A person may qualify for a BSCFA payment if he or she is in ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding a carer’s allowance application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; when a decision will issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 19 March 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the r...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if she will provide information on the operation of the mortgage interest relief supplement which is administered by her, in particular in the context of any engagement she may have had with the mort...More Button

The purpose of the mortgage interest supplement scheme is to provide short term support to eligible people who are unable to meet their mortgage interest repayments in respect of a house which is thei...More Button

Was asked: when she expects the review into the operation of the rent supplement scheme with a view to introducing a code of conduct for rent supplement eligibility similar to that which operates for local auth...More Button

Social Welfare legislation already provides the Health Service Executive with the authority to refuse payment of a rent supplement in the case of a person who has been required to deliver up possessio...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a request for an oral hearing regarding an invalidity pension appeal will be decided in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 25th August 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that th...More Button

Was asked: when an application regarding disability allowance will be determined in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all the evidence, has allowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary decision. The per...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway did not have their rent allowance reinstated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Health Service Executive has advised that rent supplement has been re-instated to the person concerned from 8th August 2011.More Button

Was asked: if greater clarity will be provided in terms of courses eligible for the back to education allowance as many students are applying for courses on the understanding that they will receive the allowanc...More Button

A person wishing to pursue back to education allowance (BTEA) scheme will have to satisfy a number of conditions such as being a certain age, in receipt of a prescribed social welfare payment for a sp...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: the reasons for reduction on the household benefits package that took effect from 1 September 2011; her future plans regarding this package; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason householders were not given prior notice of the changes to the household benefits package; her views that issuing a press release is not a sufficient method of informing persons of the cha...More Button

Was asked: if measures are in place to ensure the most vulnerable in society, especially the over 70’s medical card holders, will not be adversely affected by the cuts in the household benefits package. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 228, 240 and 257 together. The savings in the fuel allowance scheme and household benefits package were provided for last December in Budget 2011 but were not specifi...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: if the transitional pension, which is due to come to an end in 2013, will be replaced by a similar scheme for persons who retire early but who have enough social insurance contributions; and if she w...More Button

There are no plans to introduce a scheme as outlined by the Deputy. State pension (transition) (SPT) is currently paid to people aged 65 who have a minimum yearly average of 24 social insurance contr...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal against the decision not to grant a back to school allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) scheme operates from the beginning of June until the end of September each year. A person may qualify for a BSCFA payment if he or she is in ...More Button

Was asked: if a report on the progress of a carer’s allowance application will be issued in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if the file has been sent to the social welfare inspec...More Button

An application for carer’s allowance from the person concerned was received in respect of two care recipients. Her application was refused on the grounds that the care recipients were not so disabled...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare is entitled to a back to school clothing and footwear allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An automatic payment of a back to school clothing and footwear allowance was made to the spouse of the person concerned on 24th June 2011.More Button

Written Answers - Tax and Social Welfare Codes

Was asked: if she will explain the large discrepancy in the number of PPS numbers in existence as compared to the number of persons in the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The PPS No. is the individual’s unique reference number for all dealings with Government Departments and public bodies. This covers its use for DSP purposes as well as use by other agencies (in accor...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the position regarding a back to school allowance application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

The person concerned has been awarded a back to school clothing and footwear allowance and a payment issued to her nominated account on the 10th September 2011.More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal for illness benefit in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the illness benefit claim of the person concerned was disallowed following an examination by a Medical Assessor who expressed the opinion that he ...More Button

Was asked: if she will expedite the processing of the appeal against the refusal of lone parents allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that, the appeal from the person concerned has been referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing on 26 September 2011. The per...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a pension entitlement in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 3rd August 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding jobseeker’s benefit appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 29th July 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if she will expedite a decision on an application for back to school clothing and footwear allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11. More Button

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) scheme operates from the beginning of June until the end of September each year. The administrative arrangements for the 2011 BSCFA scheme ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a domiciliary care allowance application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if the processing of the application will be expedited. More Button

An application for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) was received on 12th August 2011. This application has been forwarded to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors for their medical opinion. Upon...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: the procedure to be followed in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who was advised by their local community welfare officer to sign on for job seekers allowance as a dependant ...More Button

To be eligible to participate on the national internship scheme a person must be currently in receipt of jobseeker’s benefit, jobseeker’s allowance or jobseeker’s credits and have been unemployed for ...More Button

Was asked: the reason those in receipt of illness benefit are not entitled to be considered for the back to education top up payment even in cases where they are in receipt of equivalent payment to those in rec...More Button

The focus of Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) scheme is to assist those who are most marginalised and distant from the labour market to acquire the necessary education to improve their chances of be...More Button

Was asked: the increased demand amongst unemployed persons to seek retraining and re-education, if the absolute terms of the back to education allowance second level course-78 days receipt of social welfare pay...More Button

A person wishing to pursue back to education allowance (BTEA) scheme will have to satisfy a number of conditions such as being a certain age, in receipt of a prescribed social welfare payment for a sp...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will issue in relation to the appeal for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 17. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 27 June 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the re...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount spent by her paying all doctors, including those in the employ of the Health Service Executive, and general practitioners for the provision of medical certificates for social welfare appli...More Button

The amounts paid to medical practitioners in respect of medical certificates and reports required to support claims for illness benefit and other medical-related payments made by the Department are as...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the position regarding an application for invalidity pension in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Invalidity pension is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the contribution conditions. On 16 September, 2011, the person concern...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare qualifies for back to education allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

To qualify for back to education allowance (third level option) a person must be in receipt of a qualifying payment for at least 234 days. The person concerned has been paid jobseeker’s allowance for ...More Button

Was asked: the reason rent allowance was discontinued in the case of a person (detail supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Health Service Executive has advised that a rent supplement of €599.30 per month continues to be paid to the person concerned.More Button

Was asked: if and when rent support will be approved in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Health Service Executive has advised that it has refused rent supplement in this case as the rent payable is in excess of the prescribed limits and he did not provide a housing needs assessment fr...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal against refusal of disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo and if the application will be expedited. More Button

The claim for disability allowance, by the person concerned, was disallowed by a Deciding Officer of the Department on the grounds that she did not satisfy the statutory means test. I am advised by th...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be reached on an application for domiciliary care in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 08 March 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the r...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: if she will consider amending the legislative conditions which must be satisfied to qualify for family income supplement so that those persons who are maintaining their family but whose children are ...More Button

The family income supplement (FIS) is designed to provide income for employees on low earnings with families. This preserves the incentive to remain in employment in circumstances where the employee ...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: her plans for community employment; and her further plans to ring fence community employment schemes specifically for persons being rehabilitated from drugs. More Button

From 1st January 2011 policy and funding responsibility for FÁS functions in relation to employment and community employment services was transferred to this Department in accordance with the provisio...More Button

Written Answers - JobBridge Scheme

Was asked: the number of places that have been offered on the job bridge scheme; the number of successful applicants there have been to date in 2011; the number of places that have been removed for being inappr...More Button

As of Friday 16th September a total of 2,471 internship opportunities with host organisations were approved and were available on the JobBridge website to be filled. In addition, to date 1,276 interns...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Reliefs

Was asked: the numbers of persons estimated to begin drawing down additional social welfare payments as a gap solution between reaching retirement at age 65 years and receiving the State pension at age 66 years...More Button

The position has not changed since the reply to Question No. 136 (PQ Ref No. 23721/11) on 14 September 2011. Question No. 257 answered with Question No. 228.More Button

Was asked: when final decisions will be made on the relocation offers to households whose houses were flooded in autumn 2009; the progress to date; the reason for the delay in progressing this matter since a Go...More Button

As the Deputy is aware the Government has provided various types of support to people affected by the November 2009 flooding. Humanitarian Aid payments were made, both in the immediate aftermath of t...More Button

Was asked: when an application for relocation in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway whose house was damaged in the floods in autumn 2009 will be made; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

As the Deputy is aware the Government has provided various types of support to people affected by the November 2009 flooding. Humanitarian Aid payments were made, both in the immediate aftermath of th...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: if she has given any consideration to re-introducing the pre-retirement allowances for over 55s, which was abolished under the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006; and if her attention ha...More Button

Pre-Retirement Allowance (PRETA) is means-tested payment for people in Ireland aged 55 and over who have left the labour force. Persons on PRETA are no longer required to sign-on as they do not need t...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect to be called for an oral hearing. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the appeal from the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing in this case. There has been a very s...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on an application for disability allowance. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 27 April 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the re...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on an application for disability allowance. More Button

I confirm that the Department received an application from the person concerned for disability allowance. Her claim was referred to one of the Department’s medical assessors who was of the opinion tha...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on an appeal for disability allowance. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the appeal from the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing in this case. There has been a very s...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on an application for disability allowance. More Button

I confirm that the Department is in receipt of a claim for disability allowance from the person concerned. In order to determine his weekly means, his claim was forwarded to a Social Welfare Investig...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on back to school clothing and footwear allowance. More Button

The person concerned has been awarded a back to school clothing and footwear allowance and a payment issued to their nominated Post Office on 10 September 2011.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on back to school clothing and footwear allowance. More Button

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) scheme operates from the beginning of June until the end of September each year. The administrative arrangements for the 2011 BSCFA scheme ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on a back to school clothing and footwear allowance. More Button

The person concerned has been awarded a back to school clothing and footwear allowance and a payment issued to their nominated account on 10 September 2011.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on a back to school clothing and footwear allowance. More Button

The person concerned has been awarded a back to school clothing and footwear allowance and a payment issued to their nominated Post Office on 17 August 2011.More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on an appeal for invalidity pension. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the appeal from the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing in this case. There has been a very s...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on an application for carer’s allowance. More Button

I confirm that the Department is in receipt of an application for carer’s allowance from the above named person. On completion of the necessary investigations relating to all aspects of her claim a d...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on an application for carer’s allowance. More Button

I confirm that an application for carer’s allowance was received from the above named. On completion of the necessary investigations relating to all aspects of his claim a decision will be made and th...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on an application for disability allowance. More Button

The person concerned applied for disability allowance on 8 June 2011. Her claim has been referred to one of the Department’s medical assessors for an opinion with regard to her medical suitability for...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Laois may expect a decision on an application for carer’s allowance. More Button

Carer’s Allowance has been awarded to the person concerned at half rate with effect from 3 February. This half rate carer’s allowance is the maximum payable with his disability allowance claim. His f...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on an application for carer’s allowance. More Button

I confirm that an application for carer’s allowance was received from the above named person. On completion of the necessary investigations relating to all aspects of her claim a decision will be mad...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly will receive a decision on their application for carer’s allowance. More Button

Following a review and investigation by the Department’s investigative branch, payment of carer’s allowance was stopped on 20 July 2011. It was decided that, while the person concerned was providing ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly will receive a decision on their application for carer’s allowance. More Button

I confirm that the Department is in receipt of a claim for carer’s allowance from the above named person. On completion of the necessary investigations relating to all aspects of her claim a decision...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly will receive a decision on their application for carer’s allowance. More Button

I confirm that the Department is in receipt of a claim application for carer’s allowance from the person concerned. On completion of the necessary investigations on all aspects of her case, which requ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly will receive a decision on their application for carer’s allowance. More Button

I confirm that an application for carer’s allowance from the person concerned was received by the Department. Her application was refused on the grounds that the care recipient is not so disabled as ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly will receive a decision on their application for disability allowance. More Button

The person concerned applied for disability allowance on 29 August 2011. His application is currently being assessed by a medical assessor from this Department with regard to his medical suitability ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly will receive a decision on their application for disability allowance. More Button

I confirm that the Department received an application from the person concerned for disability allowance. Her claim was referred to one of the Department’s medical assessors who was of the opinion th...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly will expect on their application for disability allowance. More Button

I confirm that the Department is in receipt of a recent claim from the person concerned for disability allowance. Her application has been referred to one of the Department’s medical assessors for an...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on a domiciliary allowance. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the appeal from the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing in this case. There has been a very ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly will receive a decision on their application for one parent family payment. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 25 May 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the rel...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly will receive a decision on their application for jobseeker’s allowance. More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer having fully considered all the available evidence disallowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary decision. ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly will receive a decision on their application for disability allowance. More Button

The application for disability allowance from the person concerned was assessed by a medical assessor from this Department who expressed the opinion that she was not medically suitable for disability ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly will receive a decision on their appeal for domiciliary care allowance. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 5th July 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the r...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes

Was asked: her plans to provide extra places on the rural social scheme to FORUM Connemara in view of the low number of places allocated to them; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

It is unlikely that any additional rural social scheme (RSS) placements will become available in the short-term. However, my Department is keeping the matter under review and, if placements arise fro...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the position regarding a back to school allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22. More Button

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) scheme operates from the beginning of June until the end of September each year. The administrative arrangements for the 2011 BSCFA scheme d...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Responsibilities

Was asked: the transfer of responsibility for FÁS and SOLAS from her Department to the Department of Education and Skills is progressing; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

With effect from 1 January 2011, my Department has taken responsibility for the employment programmes and employment service functions of FÁS. My Department has no role in relation to the transfer of ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare has an automatic entitlement to back to school clothing and footwear allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) scheme operates from the beginning of June until the end of September each year. A person may qualify for a BSCFA payment if he or she is in ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their back to school allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) scheme operates from the beginning of June until the end of September each year. A person may qualify for a BSCFA payment if he or she is in ...More Button

Was asked: her plans to reduce waiting times in the processing of applications within her Department, in particular with regard to the progress of an online application system and a one-stop-shop system for app...More Button

Customer service is at the centre of my Department’s strategies and business. Processing times vary across schemes because of both the volume of applications and the differing qualification criteria....More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Fraud

Was asked: the means by which the public services card will reduce social welfare fraud and waiting periods; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The introduction of the Public Services Card (PSC) will assist in the identification of customers to providers of public services. A more secure registration process, leading to issue of a PSC incorp...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when payment will issue in respect of a rent support application in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Health Service Executive has advised that a decision on rent supplement in this case will be made on receipt of documentation requested from the person concerned.More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: if she will change the means assessment criteria for supplementary welfare allowance for those who have a second property either through inheritance or as a pension investment and who, owing to marke...More Button

The supplementary welfare allowance means test includes a value attributed to any capital a person may have. Capital refers to savings, investments, cash-on-hands and property (excluding their own hom...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons in County Wicklow in receipt of rent supplement in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and to date in 2011; her plans to reform the rent supplement scheme; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

The table below shows the number of recipients of rent supplement in County Wicklow from 2007 to 2011. As the Deputy is aware, there are several commitments contained in the Programme for Government i...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when the social welfare appeals office will hold an oral hearing in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Louth; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the appeal from the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing on 28 September 2011. The person con...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that community welfare officers are using their personal discretion to refuse persons rent supplement on the basis of their turning down a local authority ...More Button

It is a condition of any applicant’s entitlement to a Rent Supplement that they have not refused to accept within any continuous 12 month period a second offer of accommodation provided by either a ho...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes

Was asked: if she will amend the national internship scheme to enable candidates who were enrolled on a FÁS course in the previous three months to be eligible for the scheme; and if she will make a statement on...More Button

In order for an individual to be eligible to participate in JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme an individual must be: currently in receipt of a live claim (Jobseeker’s Allowance/Jobseeker’s Ben...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 9th June 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the r...More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: the names of the State boards whose memberships are determined by her Department; and the date on which each of these memberships is due for renewal or appointment. More Button

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

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding a domiciliary care allowance appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 2 September 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that th...More Button

Was asked: when a decision on a jobseeker’s benefit appeal will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that a jobseeker’s benefit appeal by the person concerned, was registered in that office on 19 July 2011 and will be referred to an Appeals Officer in ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount of money spent producing Government reports in both Irish and English on a yearly basis. More Button

I understand, following clarification with the Deputy, that he is seeking the cost of translating Government reports to Irish for the year 2010. The Department is committed to providing a quality cus...More Button


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