Burton, Joan

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 757 No. 2

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Topical Issue Debate - Job Losses

I thank Deputy Keaveney for raising this important matter. I heard about the redundancies in Rehab with great regret. However, I emphasise that they do not arise as a result of any reduction in fund...More Button

I await with interest the outcome of the discussions between SIPTU and the Rehab director. I take the points made by Deputy Keaveney. We have just taken over the wage subsidy scheme since the releva...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Social Scheme

Was asked: if an RSS can complete work in a private residential housing estate; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An underlying aim of the RSS is to provide low-income farmers and fisherpersons with work-like opportunities, harness their skills and talents and apply these to the benefit of the local community. W...More Button

Written Answers - Tax and Social Welfare Codes

Was asked: if she will commission an impact assessment on the effects of the austerity measures on the lives of persons with disabilities, in view of the very real link between disability and poverty; and if sh...More Button

My Department is preparing an analysis of the distributive and poverty impacts on families of the Budget 2012 tax and welfare package, in conjunction with the Department of Finance. This analysis is ...More Button

Was asked: if she adequately dialogued with disability organisations prior to implementing cuts affecting the lives of persons with disabilities; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In my discussions with my colleagues in Government about measures announced in Budget 2012, I had regard to any views expressed by disability organisations as well as other welfare representative orga...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: if migraine will be recognised as a disability for those who suffer frequent and severe migraines; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Migraine is accepted as a certifiable medical condition. Eligibility to illness related benefit/allowance is determined by its severity and expected duration. The medical assessment is made in accor...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if she has been contacted by the Carer’s Association in connection with the habitual residence condition; if she will advise the allowances available to carers as a result of section 180(2) of the So...More Button

The Carer’s Association has been in contact with my office regarding the habitual residence condition for carers. Carers allowance is a means tested social assistance payment made to persons who are...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if she will expedite and approve an appeal for disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will expedite a decision. 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 - Pension Provisions

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 196 of 6 December 2011, when a decision on the review will issue. More Button

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

Written Answers - Child Poverty

Was asked: her plans to address the rates of child poverty in Ireland, with more than 19% of children at risk of poverty and almost 9% of children living in consistent poverty; her views on the fact that measur...More Button

Was asked: her views on the fact that budget 2012 introduced a series of measures that impact disproportionately on the poorest children; if she will outline her plans to address child poverty here in view of t...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 121 and 122 together. Plans to tackle child poverty are outlined in the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007-2016 (NAPSincl) and in the Programme for Govern...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Limerick who is caring for that person's 79 year old mother, has been waiting more than eight months for a decision as to whether he or she is entitle...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 16 August 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the amount and type of payments that a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 receives from her Department on a weekly and monthly basis; the manner in which the person's eligibility for rent allowan...More Button

The person concerned is in receipt of disablement pension at the weekly rate of €43.80 and one-parent family payment of €217.80 per week. She is also in receipt of rent supplement of €600.64 per mont...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development

Was asked: if she will identify possible sources of additional funding for a community group (details supplied ) available from her Department and-or any of the agencies funded by her Department; and if she wil...More Button

Under the Community Initiatives area of responsibility in the Department of Social Protection (ie Rural Social Scheme, Tús, Community Employment Schemes and Community Services Programme), there is no ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the status of an appeal for disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny, if she will expedite the appeal in view of the fact that it was lodged in September 2011...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 14 October 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Fraud

Was asked: the procedures in place for dealing with persons who may have received an overpayment in their social welfare payments; the way in which they can resolve the matter; if measures can be put in place t...More Button

My Department endeavours to seek the maximum level of repayments from clients, who have received payments in excess of what they were entitled to, in order to encourage prompt repayment of all debts. ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Offices

Was asked: if she will give an update on the acquisition of an appropriately located community welfare office in Dublin North, on which she had previously instructed the Office of Public Works to locate as an a...More Button

The Office of Public Works, on behalf of my Department, is in the process of acquiring suitable accommodation for the establishment of new public offices in Balbriggan and Swords as a matter of priori...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: when the social welfare Bill will be published; when those who are approaching eligibility for partial State contributory pensions will receive clarification on their future entitlements in view of t...More Button

The Social Welfare Act 2011, which was enacted on 19 December 2011, gave legislative effect to a number of social welfare measures arising from Budget 2012. It will also be necessary to bring forward...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the number of applications for domiciliary care for children with autism in County Meath that have been received in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011; the number of applications that were processed and a...More Button

The Department has been accepting new claims for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) since 1st April 2009. Statistics relating to the allowance for the period prior to April 2009 are a matter for the HS...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal against the decision to refuse an application for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; 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 15th October 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that t...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services

Was asked: if it is her intention to have a database of all jobs available here; and the number that are currently available. More Button

The Department of Social Protection advertises vacancies notified to its employment service’s job bank through its national call centre, and maintains a database of all such vacancies. During 2011, ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the impact on farmers of the changes concerning farm assist which arose in budget 2012 regarding a reduction in the income disregards; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Support for farmers on low incomes is available through the farm assist scheme. While this means-tested payment is broadly similar to the jobseeker’s allowance scheme, it has a more generous means te...More Button

Written Answers - Child Support

Was asked: the way she will ensure the health and welfare of children in the State considering the specific cuts that have been made to one-parent families in budget 2012. More Button

The payment rate for the scheme remains at €188 per week — with a further €29.80 per week for each additional qualified child. Until 2011, the OFP payment provided long-term income support to lone p...More Button

Was asked: the future role of child income supports under the proposal to roll out a single working age payment system in the social welfare system. More Button

The Department of Social Protection makes a number of payments to families with children which include child benefit, which is provided on a universal basis to all families. They also include payments...More Button


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