Burton, Joan

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 761 No. 2

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Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision 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 15 February 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that th...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: when the report on family and child income supports by the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare will be published; if she will provide an update on the work of the group; and if she will make a s...More Button

Creating jobs and tackling poverty are two of the key challenges that we face. It is essential that our tax and social protection systems play their part in addressing these issues and ensuring work ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when an application for a carer’s allowance appeal will be finalised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; 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. Under So...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the reasons a person (details supplied) in County Kildare has not received their entitlements; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There are two claims in respect of this individual. A redundancy lump sum claim was awarded and payment issued directly to the person concerned in November 2011. An insolvency claim in respect of thi...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Travel

Was asked: the cost incurred by her Department, for this year’s overseas travel programme for St Patrick’s Day, which saw the Taoiseach and eight Ministers heading abroad for the holiday; and if she will make a...More Button

The cost to my Department for airfares for the official visit to New York for St Patricks Day 2012 was €1,623.64. This includes the airfare costs for one official from the Department who accompanie...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Reports

Was asked: the date on which she expects the community employment review to be completed; and when she expects to publish its findings and recommendations. More Button

The financial review of Community Employment Schemes has proved to be a valuable exercise for both the schemes themselves and for my Department. The examination that is being carried out has yielded ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: if she will publish a list of levels of attainment for children between four and 16 years diagnosed within the autism spectrum and applying for carer’s allowance; if she will review the procedures cu...More Button

I understand this question is intended to refer to domiciliary care allowance and not carer’s allowance. Domiciliary care allowance is a monthly payment to the carer of a child with a disability so se...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the way a person who is having an operation on their knee on 17 April is considered suitable for work and not entitled to Illness benefit when months of physiotherapy will be required after the surge...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 19th January 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the current number of applications for carers’ allowance awaiting processing; the measures being taken to reduce the backlog; and if she will make a statement on the m...More Button

The Department is committed to delivering the best possible service to its customers. In the interests of fairness applications are processed, as far as possible, in order of the date on which they w...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for back to school allowance and also for funding through the drug repayment scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry. 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 spouse of the person concerned was awarded this allowanc...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Social Scheme

Was asked: when she intends to increase the numbers on the rural social scheme in view of the benefits this scheme has had on rural communities around the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter...More Button

The purpose of the rural social scheme is to provide income support for farmers and fisherpersons who have an entitlement to specified social welfare payments. Persons are engaged for 19½ hours per w...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will be facilitated with an alternative date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that the Appeals Officer has decided to re-schedule a further oral hearing. However, it is not possible to give a date when this hearing will be hear...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if she will review an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny who has been refused domiciliary care allowance; if she would be prepared to review legislation in respe...More Button

An application for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) was received on 24th February 2010. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who found that the child was not med...More Button

Written Answers - Live Register

Was asked: the number of persons currently signing on for credits and if these persons are included in unemployment figures; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

At the end of February 2012 there were 31,485 persons signing for credits. This group are included in the live register and represented approximately 7% of the total number of persons on the register...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: the alternative scheme being devised, to accommodate persons who are on community employment schemes at present and which are shortly coming to a conclusion, are in receipt of disability allowance an...More Button

There are no plans for devising an alternative scheme for disability clients who have completed their maximum time on Community Employment (CE). Persons in receipt of any of the four CE-qualifying dis...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that some families have their family income payment stopped pending annual review of the payment and that this review can take several weeks leaving those ...More Button

The Department is committed to providing a quality service to all its customers. This includes ensuring that applications are processed and that decisions on entitlement are made as quickly as possib...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: her views on reports that up to €1 billion in private sector pension assets are effectively unclaimed; her plans to simplify the pensions system to ensure that beneficiaries receive their full entitl...More Button

Traditional employment practices where an employee works with the same organisation for their entire career through to retirement are no longer the norm and employees are more likely to accrue pension...More Button

Was asked: if she will introduce a requirement for all pension holders to receive a single annual consolidated statement of their accrued benefits; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The trustees of a defined benefit (DB) or a defined contribution (DC) scheme are required to issue an annual benefits statement to each member of the scheme. The Pensions Act 1990 sets out the terms ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an appeal for mortgage interest supplement 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 available evidence disallowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary decision. ...More Button

Was asked: if disability allowance will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny following an oral hearing on 21 March 2012; if carer’s payment will be made to a person at the same address; if ...More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that in reference to the oral hearing of the disability allowance appeal of the person concerned which took place on 21 March 2012, the Appeals Office...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if she will review the decision to refuse basic supplementary welfare allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare on the grounds that they were not absent from the country ...More Button

A review of the decision to disallow basic supplementary welfare allowance to the person concerned will be carried out.More Button

Was asked: the entitlement to old age pension or other payment in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A State pension (contributory) is payable to applicants, aged 66 years or over, who satisfy certain social insurance contribution conditions. A person aged 65 years who has retired from insurable emp...More Button

Was asked: the on-going entitlement to disability allowance 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 applied for disability allowance on 24 January 2011. The medical evidence supplied was referred to a medical assessor who was of the opinion that the person was not deemed to be m...More Button

Was asked: the basis on which it is proposed to discontinue basic social welfare entitlement 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 asked to submit documentation as part of a review of his entitlement to basic supplementary welfare allowance. He has been advised that payment will discontinue if he fa...More Button

Was asked: the basis on which it is deemed overpayment has occurred in respect of jobseeker’s allowance and back to education allowance in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Kildare, when they act...More Button

No overpayment has been assessed on the jobseeker’s allowance or the back to education allowance claims of the persons concerned.More Button

Was asked: the correct amount of rent support payable in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Following a review, the rent allowance payable to the persons concerned has been reduced to €255.79 per calendar month to take account of an increase in their household income.More Button

Was asked: when one parent family allowance 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 a one-parent family payment from the person concerned has been disallowed as she failed to show that her means do not exceed the statutory limit. She has lodged an appeal against t...More Button

Was asked: the current and expected position in respect of eligibility for disability allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who has serious health problems having particular reg...More Button

We have no record of an application for disability allowance having been received from the person concerned. An application form and information booklet for disability allowance has been issued direct...More Button

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

The jobseeker’s allowance application from the person concerned has been awarded for payment.More Button

Was asked: the necessity to clarify entitlement to rent support in cases such as that outlined in respect of a person (details supplied), if he will accept this reference as an appeal for oral hearing; and if s...More Button

The person concerned made an application for rent supplement on the 25th of January 2012. He has submitted information to the Department stating that he is a joint guardian to one of his children. H...More Button

Was asked: when mortgage interest relief will be offered in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Department does not have a current pending application for mortgage interest supplement in respect of the persons concerned.More Button

Was asked: when jobseeker’s allowance will be awarded in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 18; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for jobseeker’s benefit dated 23 March 2012 from the person concerned is currently being processed. As a non-EU national he has been requested to provide details of his current immigra...More Button

Was asked: if disability allowance was payable 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 was paid disability allowance from 17 March 1999 to 21 February 2012. His last payment was on 15 February 2012 the date of his death. There are no arrears of disability allowance...More Button

Was asked: when payment of one parent family allowance 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 applied for one-parent family payment in January 2012 and her application was closed as she failed to make herself available for interview. She re-applied with effect from the 15...More Button

Was asked: when carer’s allowance 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 was refused carer’s allowance on grounds that the Department’s medical assessor expressed the opinion that the care recipient is not so disabled as to require full-time care and a...More Button


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