Burton, Joan

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 748 No. 6

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Thirty-First Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2011: Second Stage (Resumed)

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Financial Resolution No. 1: (Tobacco Products Tax)

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Financial Resolution No. 2: Excise (Mechanically Propelled Vehicles)

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Financial Resolution No. 3: Carbon Charge on Mineral Oils

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Financial Resolution No. 4: Value Added Tax

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Financial Resolution No. 5: Income Tax

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Financial Resolution No. 7: Stamp Duties

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Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: when redundancy payment will be made available to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A redundancy lump sum claim in respect of the person concerned was awarded on 14 November 2011. A cheque payment should be received by the person concerned in the coming days.More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Fraud

Was asked: if there is any evidence that another welfare amnesty would result in more revenue. More Button

The prevention of fraud and abuse of the social welfare system is an integral part of the day-to-day work of my Department which processes in excess of 2 million claims each year and makes payments to...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: when the Labour Court recommendation LCR 19293 relating to FÁS supervisors will be implemented. More Button

Was asked: the reason a Labour Court recommendation LCR 19293 dated 22 July 2008, recommending that a pension scheme be introduced without delay for community employment scheme supervisors and assistant supervi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 146 and 190 together. I would refer the Deputies to my reply to questions numbers 99, 89 & 102 on 1st December 2011. The position remains unchanged.More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if and when a decision will be made regarding a review of means in respect of an application for jobseeker’s allowance or benefit in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if ...More Button

A revised decision has been made on the jobseeker’s allowance application of the person concerned following a review of his means. The new assessment is effective from 31 August 2011 and all arrears p...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their application for disability allowance and when a medical assessment will take place; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 6 August 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the re...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when a decision will issue on an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I confirm than an application for carer’s allowance has been received from the person concerned. On completion of the necessary investigations relating to all aspects of her claim a decision will be m...More Button

Was asked: if she will review an application for back to school allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; 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 - Grant Payments

Was asked: the specific grants and amounts paid by her to community and voluntary groups in Galway city and county to date in 2011; and if she will list the chairperson, secretary and treasurer of each group th...More Button

The Department of Social Protection operates a number of initiatives in co-operation with organisations and companies in the community, voluntary and not-for-profit sectors. The primary focus of thes...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: the increments made payable to public sector workers within her Department in the years 2010 and 2011; the increments due in 2012 in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There is currently a total of 6,042 staff serving in my Department, including staff who transferred from the Community Welfare Service on 1st October 2011. The number of increments which have been pa...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the position regarding a carer’s allowance application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

I confirm than an application for carer’s allowance has been received from the person concerned. On completion of the necessary investigations relating to all aspects of his claim a decision will be m...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding a supplementary welfare allowance application in respect of a person (details supplied ) in County Cork. 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 on 15 December 2011. T...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the position regarding an application for carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo and if it will be expedited as matter of urgency. More Button

I confirm than an application for carer’s allowance has been received from the person concerned. On completion of the necessary investigations relating to all aspects of her claim a decision will be m...More Button

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

The person concerned made an application for rent supplement on 27th October 2011. Her claim was awarded on 30th November and the person concerned is now in receipt of her full entitlement to rent s...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will issue on an appeal 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 an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 18 October 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Cork is entitled to carer’s allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I confirm than an application for carer’s allowance has been received from the person concerned. On completion of the necessary investigations relating to all aspects of his claim a decision will be m...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: her views on community welfare officers not paying rent supplement direct to compliant landlords in situations where tenants have lost cases of rent arrears by determination orders from the Private R...More Button

Was asked: if she will undertake a review of the legislation regarding the payment of rent supplement to tenants; if she will acknowledge that there are three parties involved, tenant, social services and landl...More Button

Was asked: if there is a specific form to be completed by a tenant requesting that rent supplement be paid direct to a compliant landlord, or another third party; if the request has to be made and signed in the...More Button

Was asked: the circumstances in which a tenant can request payment of rent supplement to a compliant landlord; her views that it is best practice for tenants to agree to this in their own interests and to help ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 159 to 162, inclusive, together. The purpose of rent supplement is to provide short-term support to eligible people living in private rented accommodation, whose means...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding a disability 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 the person concerned was assessed by a Medical Assessor of the Social Welfare Services who was of the opinion that he was medically unsuitable for...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a disability 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 22nd November 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that ...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services

Was asked: the reason persons on one-parent family payments are ineligible for the JobBridge scheme; her plans to revise the eligibility; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department continues to monitor and review the operation of the JobBridge scheme, including its eligibility criteria, on an ongoing basis. However, there are no plans to amend the following partici...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: if she will clarify a matter (details supplied). More Button

The Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour sets out the standards required of civil servants in the discharge of their duties and is an important element of the framework within which all civil...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a medical examination will be carried out in respect of an appeal for illness benefit in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if she will arrange for expeditious review of ...More Button

Payment of illness benefit to the person concerned was disallowed by a Deciding Officer following an examination by a Medical Assessor of the Department who expressed the opinion that she was capable ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the estimated cost to her Department of a 2% increase in the standard rate of VAT; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The estimated cost to the Department of Social Protection of a 2% increase in the standard rate of VAT would be of the order of €3.3m. per annum. The Department’s expenditure on goods and services th...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when an application for invalidity allowance appeal will be finalised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; 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 29 September 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that t...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal for a position as carer in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim; 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, disallowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary decision. The pers...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when payment will issue in respect of one-parent family payment or a basic social welfare payment in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

The person concerned was requested to provide additional information in support of her application for one parent family payment. A decision will be made on her application when she furnishes all docu...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if and when an appeal will be heard in respect of an application for supplementary welfare allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: if and when an appeal will be heard in respect of an application for mortgage interest supplement in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 172 and 173 together. I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer having fully considered all the evidence disallowed the supplementary w...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Dublin could sign on in their local office and collect their payment in their local office. More Button

The person is currently on the part-time job incentive scheme. This scheme is for those working less than 24 hours a week who had been on jobseeker’s allowance for more than 15 months. It allows them ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when an appeal for a disability allowance will be granted in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; 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, including that adduced at oral hearing, disallowed the appeal of the person concerne...More Button

Was asked: when an appeal for a disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois will be granted; 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, including that adduced at oral hearing, has allowed the appeal of the person concern...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: the position regarding an application for redundancy in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and when a decision will issue. More Button

A redundancy lump sum claim in respect of the person concerned was awarded on 1 December 2011. A cheque payment will issue shortly.More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: if she will consider means testing children’s allowance so that families with incomes of greater than €100,000 are not eligible; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Child benefit assists parents with the cost of raising children and it contributes towards alleviating child poverty. Expenditure on child benefit for 2011 is estimated at €2.08 billion in respect of ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when a decision will issue on an application for disability allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who has no current income; if she will expedite this case; and if sh...More Button

I can confirm that the Department is in receipt of an application for disability allowance from the person concerned. On completion of the necessary investigations on all aspects of the claim a decis...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: if she will respond to correspondence (details supplied) regarding redundancy payments. More Button

A redundancy lump sum claim in respect of the person concerned was received on 19 July 2011. Redundancy lump sum claims received at the start of May 2011 are currently being processed. My officials ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if she will reinstate the carer’s allowance that was granted in April 2011 to a person (details supplied) in County Cork, which was returned in error to the Department due to it being delivered to th...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 6 October 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a reply in respect of their carer’s allowance appeal; 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 June 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the rel...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue to 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 an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 15 November 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that th...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 148 of 17 November 2011, if she will facilitate an appeal and review under section 311 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 against the previous decision...More Button

For the reasons stated in my response to Parliamentary Question Ref. No. 35427/11 on 17 November 2011, the claim of the person concerned for rent supplement was disallowed by an Appeals Officer of the...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if a review will take place of the eligibility for payment under the disability allowance scheme in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

No application for disability allowance has been received to date from the person concerned. An application form and an information booklet have been sent to him. If the person in question wishes to...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: if she is currently using the definition of “cohabitation” in the new Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010, Part 15, section 172; and if the statement publishe...More Button

The term “cohabitant” is defined in the social welfare code in accordance with section 172 (1) of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations Act, 2010, which states that “a cohabitant is...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an illness benefit appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; 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 in this case. There has been a very ...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made on the appeal for disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; 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 07 June 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the re...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services

Was asked: the plans in place regarding the implementation of an exit plan for graduate recruits in JobBridge to increase their chances of employment after the internship; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

The aim of JobBridge is to assist individuals bridge the gap between unemployment and the world of work. JobBridge offers individuals a unique opportunity to develop new skills and earn valuable exper...More Button

Was asked: the provisions being made to measure the effectiveness of current and future employment schemes; if any measurement exists specifically for graduate unemployment; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

My Department funds and operates a wide range of initiatives to support the unemployed and other recipients of social welfare payments. Schemes and programmes are monitored on an ongoing basis to ens...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the position regarding fuel allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; the reason the payment has been suspended; if it will be reviewed and put into payment; and if she wi...More Button

The person concerned has been in receipt of illness benefit since 27 June 2011. Illness benefit is a short-term income support. Fuel allowance is not payable under the illness benefit scheme. Previ...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath is not being granted a full transition pension having been in full-time insurable employment since 16 years of age; if she will honour all s...More Button

The qualifying conditions for State pension (transition) require the applicant to: have entered insurable employment before attaining the age of 55 years (age 56 for State pension contributory). have ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will issue on carer’s allowance 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 an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 28th March 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services

Was asked: if any evaluation was carried out of the piloted part-time job opportunity programme between 1994 and 1998; the finding of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am aware of the proposal advanced by Social Justice Ireland (SJI) that seeks to create 100,000 part-time working positions in the public, community and voluntary sectors. The proposal is based on a...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if she will expedite a decision relative to a claim for domiciliary care allowance and carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

The person concerned applied for Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) in respect of her two sons. These applications were referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who found that the children...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: her plans, if any, to provide some form of benefit or guaranteed income for self-employed persons who are now unemployed and have no income; if the benefits and pension entitlements enjoyed by the pu...More Button

Self-employed persons are liable for PRSI at the Class S rate of 4% which entitles them to access long-term benefits such as State pension (contributory) and widow’s, widower’s or surviving civil part...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

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

The person concerned has been awarded rent supplement. Payment, including arrears, will issue to the landlord’s bank account on 29th December 2011.More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if and when payment under the domiciliary care allowance scheme will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for domiciliary care allowance was received on 28th September 2011. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who found that the child was not medicall...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 148 of 17 November 2011, if she will clarify that rent allowance is not available to a parent who has less than full-time custody of his or her children; and if ...More Button

Was asked: when it was decided to withdraw rent support from parents who do not have sole custody or are not the primary carer of their children; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if rent support is payable to either parent or not at all in the case of shared custody of a child or children; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 205 to 207, inclusive, together. The purpose of the rent supplement scheme is to provide short-term support to eligible people living in private rented accommodation ...More Button


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