Burton, Joan

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 761 No. 3

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Order of Business

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Topical Issue Debate - Private Rented Accommodation

I thank Deputy Buttimer for raising the issue. At the outset I point out that social welfare legislation already provides the Department with the authority to refuse, suspend or terminate payment of ...More Button

I understand the difficulties faced by Deputy Buttimer’s constituents. That is why there are two specific avenues for dealing with this in the programme for Government. The first is to transfer long...More Button

Topical Issue Debate - Job Creation Measures

I thank Deputy Humphreys for raising this issue. The Department of Social Protection operates a range of activation measures which aim to assist and support social welfare recipients of working age t...More Button

I share the concerns expressed by Deputy Humphreys. We are trying to recast the social welfare system to change it from a system that has been largely passive to one that becomes active. Among the k...More Button

Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2012: Order for Second Stage

I move: “That Second Stage be taken now.”More Button

Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2012: Second Stage

I move: “That the Bill be now read a Second Time.” As Minister for Social Protection, I am acutely aware of the needs of the people who depend on social welfare and the harsh economic circumstances ma...More Button

Written Answers - Birth Certificates

Was asked: if it is accurate to say that in order to be eligible for a birth certificate, a child must either be born after 24 weeks gestation, be alive at birth, or weigh more than 500 grams and if the policy ...More Button

Under the provisions of section 19 of the Civil Registration Act, 2004, all live births fall to be registered. Where a child is stillborn, and weighs not less than 500 grams, or has a gestational age ...More Button

Written Answers - Child Support

Was asked: her views on the recent statistics that show that up to 100,000 children are vulnerable to hardship, poverty and malnutrition in our country; and her plans to address this new finding. More Button

I assume that the Deputy is referring to the results of the CSO’s Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) for 2010 for which the full results were recently published and to the fact that the con...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the reason persons with an intellectual disability are being asked inappropriate questions at interviews for carer’s allowance More Button

Was asked: the reason staff are asking inappropriate questions to persons with intellectual disabilities at the family interviews on carer’s allowance; and the kind of questions that normally require answering....More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 477 and 557 together. Carer’s Allowance is a means-tested payment for people who provide full-time care and attention to someone who requires it and in the course of p...More Button

Was asked: the measures in place for job activation for those with mental health issues; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Activation programmes for people with disabilities have been consolidated under the new national identity ’EmployAbility Service’. The EmployAbility service offers a range of supports: wage subsidy sc...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes

Was asked: the reason a FÁS technical employment support grant was not recognised by FÁS when it was subsequently presented for reimbursement for fees incurred in respect of a healthcare refresher course with n...More Button

I am advised by my officials that it is not possible to answer this query specifically as there are no identifying details. In general, the Technical Employment Support Grant (TESG) is paid when a num...More Button

Written Answers - Birth Certificates

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that a person can obtain a copy of a birth certificate without producing any evidence of identity; her plans to insist that evidence be presented before in...More Button

Section 61 of the Civil Registration Act, 2004 governs access to civil registration records, including birth certificates. It provides that following an application in writing by a person and on paym...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if she will advise on a matter (details supplied) regarding domiciliary care allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for domiciliary care allowance was received on 11th November 2011. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who found that the child was not medically...More Button

Was asked: the reason there is a delay when it comes to processing carer’s allowance applications; if is there some break down in the system or what exactly is the problem at the moment; and if she will make a ...More Button

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

Was asked: the position regarding a carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. 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

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if she will expedite an appeal in respect of an application for lone parent’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that a revised decision favourable to the person concerned has been made by the Social Welfare Services in respect of her one parent family payment cl...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

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 has made an application for rent supplement and has been requested to provide further information in order to process his claim. A decision will be made on his application when th...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: the number of community employment schemes in the State which receive a sum in excess of €500 per participant in respect of training and materials; the criteria for determining which community employ...More Button

A financial review of Community Employment (CE) Schemes is underway. This review of CE Schemes has proved to be a valuable exercise for both the schemes themselves and for my Department. Given the vol...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 126 of 29 February 2012, in respect of an appeal for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if she will expedite the appeal in view of the fact that it ...More Button

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

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway in receipt of care was deemed to no longer need care after their 16th birthday More Button

The age limit for receipt of domiciliary care allowance (DCA) is 16 years. As the child in question is now over 16 years of age, DCA is no longer payable. Persons over the age of 16 years can apply ...More Button

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

The person concerned was refused carer’s allowance on the grounds that the care recipient is not so disabled as to require full-time care and attention as prescribed in regulations. On 13 April 2012, ...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: her plans, if any, to maintain personal assistant services for persons with disabilities through community employment schemes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I acknowledge the valuable contribution made by Community Employment Projects in providing a personal assistant service to both participants and the community. However due to the current economic cir...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if and when payment will issue in respect of a jobseeker’s application in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who has been both self employed and a PAYE worker over the past num...More Button

Further documentation has been requested from the person concerned in relation to his application for jobseeker’s allowance. His application will be processed as soon as the documentation requested is...More Button

Was asked: if and when payment will issue in respect of 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. This department received a claim for inva...More Button

Was asked: if she will expedite a decision on entitlement to disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 26th October 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that th...More Button

Was asked: if and when payment will issue in respect of an application for carer’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 person concerned has been awarded carer’s allowance with effect from 31 May 2011. The first payment will reach her bank account on 26 April 2012. Arrears due for the intervening period less any o...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: the progress being made by her to introduce a universal scheme of insurance for community employment participants administered by her; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As Community Employment (CE) participants are employees of the sponsoring organisation the Department is not in a position to put in place a universal scheme of insurance for such employees. However, ...More Button

Was asked: when she expects to have completed her review of community employment schemes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. 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 Benefits

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Laois may expect a decision on a review of an appeal for carer’s allowance; 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

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

I confirm that the person concerned has been awarded Carer’s allowance with effect from 2 June 2011 to 7 December 2012. Arrangements are being made to put his payment in place less any other paym...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal for disability allowance 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 24 March 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the r...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 Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I confirm an application was received from the person in question. She has now submitted further medical evidence in support of her claim as her application does not satisfy the medical criteria for...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when an application for carer’s benefit 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 available evidence disallowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary decision. ...More Button

Was asked: when an application for carer’s benefit 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 available evidence disallowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary decision. ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when an application for carer’s allowance 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 confirm that the department is in receipt of an application for carer’s allowance from the person concerned. On completion of the necessary investigations relating to all aspects of his case a deci...More Button

Was asked: when an application for carer’s allowance 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

The person concerned was refused carer’s allowance in respect of a second care recipient on the grounds that the Department’s Chief Medical Assessor expressed the opinion that the care recipient, is n...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 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 02nd February 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process tha...More Button

Written Answers - Free Travel Scheme

Was asked: if she will deal with a matter regarding travel concessions for the elderly; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has no plans to abolish free travel for old age pensioners. The current free travel scheme provides free travel on the main public and private transport services for those eligible under...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: if, in order to qualify for a bereavement grant, the deceased party must have made a certain number of contributions in their lifetime; if she will review this policy in view the implications it has...More Button

A bereavement grant is a payment designed to assist families in dealing with death and funeral expenses. It is a once-off payment, based on PRSI contributions, made from the Social Insurance Fund. ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the number of applications for carer’s allowance that are currently being processed and the length of time it will take to process same; the number of cases that are under appeal and the length of t...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 number of applications for jobseeker’s allowance that are currently being processed and the length of time it will take to process same; the number of cases that are under appeal and the length ...More Button

Was asked: the number of applications for jobseeker’s allowance currently being processed and the length of time it will take to process same; the number of cases that are under appeal and the length of time i...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 512 and 522 together. The Department is committed to providing a quality customer service to all its customers. This includes ensuring that applications are processe...More Button

Was asked: the number of applications for invalidity pension that are currently being processed and the length of time it will take to process same; the number of cases that are under appeal and the length of ...More Button

At the end of March 2012 there were 7,040 Invalidity Pension (IP) claims registered and pending decision. Average time to award is currently 32 weeks, this includes the time taken to decide EU and bil...More Button

Was asked: the number of applications for illness benefit that are currently being processed and the length of time it will take to process same; the number of cases that are under appeal and the length of tim...More Button

In the period from 1 January 2012 to 31 March 2012 some 78,500 claims for illness benefit were processed. At the end of March 2012 there were 5,282 illness benefit claims awaiting decision. The averag...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

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

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an oral hearing of the appeal of the person concerned took place on 23rd March 2012 and the Appeals Officer is now considering the appeal in th...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a carer’s allowance 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 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: the position regarding an appeal for disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; 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 allowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary decision. The...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal for jobseeker’s benefit in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; 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, including that adduced at oral hearing, disallowed the appeal of the perso...More Button

Written Answers - Job Initiative

Was asked: if the number of internships under the jobbridge scheme in the services and hotels and catering categories that have been taken up by interns; the number of services and hotels and catering internsh...More Button

JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme came into operation on the 1st July 2011. Currently over 6,100 internships have commenced to date with 4,391 internships in place as at 5th April and over 1,...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: his views on a submission (details supplied) regarding pensions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I understand that the person in question has been in touch with my Department on a number of occasions and that a reply has issued to her on the queries raised by her which are similar to those raise...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: in respect of community employment schemes, the areas or schemes that will receive additional funding in Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

No additional funds have as yet been released to any schemes in Kerry, pending the outcome of the review. Schemes have been advised that where they are unable to continue to operate on current funding...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 293 of 27 March 2012, when a decision will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 293 of 27 March 2012 inadvertently dealt with an appeal in relation disability allowance which is also re...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: if she will consider a review of the revised rent limits for rent supplement in County Louth, including the east Meath part of the constituency, as these new ceilings are causing undue pressure on pe...More Button

Was asked: if she has evidence that the revised rent limits for rent supplement in County Louth, including the east Meath part of the constituency have had the desired effect in effectively bringing rents down;...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 524 and 525 together. The purpose of rent supplement is to provide short-term income support to eligible tenants living in private rented accommodation whose means ar...More Button

Was asked: if her attention had been drawn to constituents being contacted by her Department advising that tenants must leave their homes should negotiations in rent reduction fail; if she will outline the meas...More Button

The purpose of the rent supplement scheme is to provide short-term support to eligible people living in private rented accommodation whose means are insufficient to meet their accommodation costs and ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the reason rent supplement has been suspended 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 recommenced employment and failed to notify the Department hence his rent supplement was suspended. Income details were received from his employer on 28th March 2012. His claim ...More Button

Was asked: when a rent allowance claim will be processed in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There is no record of an application being received for rent allowance for the person concerned.More Button

Was asked: the reason an illness benefit claim was suspended in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; if the decision will be urgently reviewed and the claim put back into payment; and if she wil...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 he was capable...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: if she will detail any regulations issued by her office or that of her predecessors arising from Section 99(3) of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005, specifying the circumstances and condition...More Button

Section 99(3) of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 which relates to carer’s benefit states that the Minister may make regulations specifying the circumstances and conditions under which a pers...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Fraud

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 238 of 29 November 2011, regarding social welfare fraud statistics for 2010: the portion of the €25.9 million cited in her reply that represented suspected fraud...More Button

Overpayments are generally defined as “money obtained contrary to or in excess of a valid decision”. An overpayment is any social welfare assistance or benefit payment which the person who received t...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 Dublin 11; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person concerned was refused carer’s allowance in respect of a second care recipient on the grounds that, based upon the medical evidence provided, the care recipient is not so disabled as to requ...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: if she will consider extending the time limits for employment under the community employment scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The length of time a person can remain on CE is dictated by a number of factors (as governed by the rules of CE): What age the person is; What DSP (Soci...More Button

Written Answers - Money Advice and Budgeting Service

Was asked: the number of persons who availed of the services of the Money Advice and Budgetary Service in each county in 2011; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS), under the aegis of the Citizens Information Board, assists people who are over-indebted and need help and advice in coping with debt problems, in partic...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: further to an appeal for disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; when a decision will issue in this case and if same will be expedited. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 03rd September 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process tha...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive a decision on their invalidity pension appeal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal was registered in that office on 23rd January 2012 and the person concerned was asked to submit her grounds of appeal. These were receiv...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 has not been awarded payment for an adult dependent in respect of a community employment scheme that this person is currently participating in. More Button

The entitlement of the person concerned is being examined and the Department will update the deputy shortly.More Button

Written Answers - Job Initiative

Was asked: if she will allocate additional spaces and extend the participation periods for persons participating in a scheme (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Tús, the community work placement initiative introduced during 2011, will provide up to 5,000 short-term, quality work opportunities for those who are unemployed for more than a year when fully operat...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the number of persons availing of the carer’s allowance on a full time care basis and on a shared care basis and the total costs of each of these payments for 2009, 2010 and 2011. More Button

Was asked: the number of applicants for carer’s allowance under the full time and shared care basis respectively in 2009, 2010 and 2011. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 539 and 540 together. The information requested in respect of carer’s allowance applications is contained in the table: Cost In 2011, there were almost 52,000 persons...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who have had the carer’s allowance withdrawn in 2009, 2010 and 2011 as a result of the person they care for going into residential care for four days per week or more. More Button

The above information is not available. Once the carer is no longer providing full-time care the payment is withdrawn. There is no breakdown available in respect of the specific reason(s) for these wi...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: if she will list any amendments to Sections 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106 and 107 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005. More Button

Details of the amendments to sections 99 to 107 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 are set out in the table. The Deputy may wish to note that the Legislation Directory, which is available on...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

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

I confirm an application was received from the person concerned. On completion of the necessary investigations relating to all aspects of her claim a decision will be made and the person concerned wil...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their insolvency payment; the reason for the delay; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A claim under the insolvency payments scheme was submitted manually on behalf of the person concerned on 29 November 2011 in respect of arrears of wages, holiday pay and minimum notice. The Departmen...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: the position regarding the reduction in contributory pensions for those with incomplete PRSI contributions (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A core principle of sustainable social protection systems in advanced economies is that citizens receive benefits in proportion to their contributions. Recognising that the State pension contributo...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the position regarding rent allowance payment 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 provided the Department with information on the 21st of March 2012 which indicates that he has returned to full time employment. His employer has also confirmed that he is now n...More Button

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

I confirm an application was received from the person concerned. On completion of the necessary investigations relating to all aspects of her claim a decision will be made and the person concerned wil...More Button

Was asked: the reason a carer’s allowance application was refused in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 14; if the decision will be urgently reviewed; and if she will make a statement on the matte...More Button

The person concerned was refused carer’s allowance on the grounds that the Department’s Medical Assessor expressed the opinion that the care recipient is not so disabled as to require full time care a...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: the number of claims awaiting payment of their insolvency payment claim; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the length of time it is taking to process insolvency payments; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 550 and 551 together. The purpose of the Insolvency Payments Scheme is to protect pay-related entitlements of employees whose employer has become legally insolvent as...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: her views on the matter of persons receiving rent allowance and living in a property owned by their parents and if she has any plans in the future to reform this issue; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

The purpose of rent supplement is to provide short term income support to assist with reasonable accommodation costs of eligible people living in private rented accommodation who are unable to provide...More Button

Was asked: the supports available to a family (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

I understand that there is no carers allowance application in this case but that domiciliary care allowance (DCA) has been applied for. Domiciliary care allowance can be paid in respect of children un...More Button

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

In a case where parents have joint custody of a child, the needs of both parents to have adequate accommodation to look after the child are taken into account when an application for a rent supplement...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will issue on a carer’s benefit appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; 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 S...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the length of time it is currently taking to process claims for carer’s allowance and if she will address these delays by allocating more resources to dealing with claims. More Button

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

Written Answers - Employment Support Services

Was asked: the position regarding an extension for three community employment workers (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The three people concerned, while eligible for three years on community employment, were employed under the Integration Option and can therefore only complete two continuous years participation. They...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding social protection payments in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 6W; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person concerned exhausted his entitlement to jobseeker’s benefit on 19 December 2011. A deciding officer has decided that he does not re-qualify for jobseeker’s benefit. He has been advised of t...More Button

Was asked: when the appeal against the refusal of a claim for invalidity benefit will be decided in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 03rd October 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that th...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the reason a decision has not been completed regarding an application for disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The person concerned was refused carer’s allowance on the grounds that the Department’s Medical Assessor expressed the opinion that the care recipient is not so disabled as to require full time care...More Button

Was asked: if former separated children or aged out minors who are in full time education and have been recognised as refugees or been granted leave to remain should get support from their local community welfa...More Button

The supplementary welfare allowance scheme (SWA) is designed to provide immediate and flexible assistance for those in need who do not qualify for payment under other State schemes. Apart from the ex...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development

Was asked: if she will intervene to prevent her Department from discontinuing funding for the community media network project, located in Clonsilla, Dublin 15, which provides community based support and trainin...More Button

The company operating this service was not successful in securing a contract under the Community Services Programme for the period 2011 to end 2013. During 2010, some 320 not-for-profit service provi...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if she will expedite an oral hearing on an application for an invalidity pension 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 an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 13th April 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that t...More Button

Was asked: when an appeal will be processed by the appeals officer in relation to a maternity benefit claim in respect of a person (details supplied); 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 has partially allowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: her plans to cut waiting times for the processing of carer’s allowance applications and projected results and a timeline for implementation. More Button

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

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding a decision on an appeal for carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and when the person concerned may expect a decision to issue. 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: to expedite an appeal against a decision not to award domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; if she will grant an early oral hearing; the reason for the del...More Button

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

Was asked: if she will expedite an appeal against a decision not to award disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; if she will grant an early oral hearing; the reason for the...More Button

The person concerned was refused disability allowance on 8 December 2011 on the grounds that her weekly means exceeded the statutory limit allowable for disability allowance purposes. The person subse...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services

Was asked: if she will report on the review of financial resources of sponsors of community employment schemes; if she will outline the take up of the increased allocation from €500 per participant to €1,000 pe...More Button

A financial review of Community Employment (CE) Schemes is underway. This review of CE Schemes has proved to be a valuable exercise for both the schemes themselves and for my Department. Given the v...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if a supplementary welfare diet supplement payment will be reinstated to 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 03rd March 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the...More Button

Was asked: the reasons a person (details supplied) in County Kildare has a means payment determined against their rent allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person concerned is in receipt of her full rent supplement entitlement. Her disability allowance payment is €188 per week. In assessing means for rent supplement purposes any income above the sup...More Button

Was asked: the criteria used for qualifying for payments in respect of communion and confirmation from her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Under the supplementary welfare allowance (SWA) scheme, the Department may make a single exceptional needs payment (ENP) to help meet essential, once-off, exceptional expenditure, which a person could...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

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

The person concerned was refused carer allowance on the grounds that, based upon the medical evidence provided, the care recipient is not so disabled as to require full time care and attention as pre...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on an appeal for disability allowance 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

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: the position regarding the redundancy claim in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; if the claim can be expedited; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A redundancy lump sum claim in respect of the person concerned has been awarded and a cheque payment will issue directly to the person concerned in the coming weeks.More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the position regarding an application for disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; when payment and arrears will issue; the reason for the delay; and if she will m...More Button

The person concerned has been awarded disability allowance with effect from 7 March 2012 Payment commenced on 4 April 2012 and arrears due for the period 7 March 2012 to 3 April 2012 issued to the per...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal against a decision not to award carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; if an early oral hearing will be granted; the reason for the...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 11th January 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the action she has taken to date to deal with the backlog in the carer’s allowance section; the reason applications received last July are only being processed now; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

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

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if an application for invalidity pension now under appeal will be expedited and approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal was registered in that office on 27th February 2012 and the person concerned was asked to submit his grounds of appeal. These were recei...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the number of social welfare payments being paid to non residential children in the EU and the amount is this costing the State. More Button

Child Benefit is currently in payment to 4,928 families in respect of a total of 7,741 children who are resident elsewhere in the EU. The cost of payments to customers in this category was €15.4 milli...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services

Was asked: if she will provide an update on her statement in Dáil Éireann (details supplied) that she would seek to make graduate architects eligible for the jobbridge scheme; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

My Department continues to monitor and review the operation of the JobBridge scheme including its eligibility criteria on an on-going basis. In relation to possibility of utilising the JobBridge Pro...More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the establishment of the new National Employment and Entitlements Service; when the new body will be fully operational; the number of staff that have been allocated to NEES; and ...More Button

The Department is establishing a new National Employment and Entitlements Service, as provided for in the Programme for Government, which will integrate employment and benefit payment services within ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: if she will clarify the status of a community welfare (details supplied) and its future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The staffing needs for all areas within the Department are continuously reviewed, having regard to workloads, management priorities and the competing demands arising, to ensure that the best use is ma...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when an application for domiciliary care 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

An application for domiciliary care allowance was received from the person concerned on 19th October 2011. The application was refused as the child was not considered to satisfy the medical criteria ...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: the current status of the redundancy claim in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford and when they can expect payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A redundancy lump sum claim in respect of the person concerned has been awarded and a cheque payment will issue directly to the person concerned in the coming weeks.More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the number of persons who applied for invalidity pension in each of the following years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; the number of such applicants that were refused and granted payment in each of these...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence

Was asked: the number of written Parliamentary Questions replied to from 1 January 2012 to 31 March 2012; the number of these that were answered in full; the number that related to issues where details supplied...More Button

For the period 1 January 2012 to 31 March 2012, the Department handled 3538 written parliamentary questions. Replies were provided to 1393 questions. 2145 questions were withdrawn on the basis that th...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if she will review her decision to refuse an application for carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 4. More Button

The person concerned was refused on the 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 attention as pr...More Button

Was asked: when a decision on an invalidity pension appeal 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 09th January 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that t...More Button

Was asked: when payment on a domiciliary allowance review will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person concerned was granted payment of domiciliary care allowance following a successful appeal. They were notified of this decision on 22nd March 2012. Arrears issued by cheque on that date an...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Staff

Was asked: if she will provide, in tabular form, the names and salaries of all her special advisors including special advisors of Ministers of State; any salary increases they have received since they took offi...More Button

Was asked: if she will provide, in tabular form, details of all salary increases for special advisors requested by her or any Ministers of State in her Department; the names of the advisors and the amount reque...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 593 and 595 together. The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the names and salaries of my Special Advisors is set out in the tabular statement below. ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a farm assist 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 28th February 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process tha...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services

Was asked: her views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding community employment schemes. More Button

In relation to the sentiments outlined in the correspondence from Mr. Myles O’Brien I would like to acknowledge that Community Employment (CE) schemes provide a very important and valued contribution ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the reasons she refused a domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); if she will explain the way her Department arrived at the opinion that the person, despite having a myr...More Button

An application for domiciliary care allowance was received on 11 November 2011. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who found that the child was not medically e...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the reason her Department accept that child or working tax credits paid to cross border workers is a benefit, but the community welfare officers advise that child or working tax credits are seen as a...More Button

The supplementary welfare allowance scheme (SWA) is designed to provide immediate and flexible assistance for those in need who do not qualify for payment under other State schemes. Apart from the ex...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the length of time it is taking for a carer’s allowance appeal to the social welfare appeals office to be adjudicated at present; if there are any exceptional circumstances pertaining to an individua...More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that the current average times taken to process carers allowance appeals decided by summary decision is 31.5 weeks and 42.8 weeks for those requiring ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding support in respect of a family (details supplied) in Dublin 15. 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: the provisions for dealing with anti-social behaviour in rent subsidised units (details supplied); and in this case who is the key worker. More Button

The purpose of the rent supplement scheme is to provide short-term support to eligible people living in private rented accommodation whose means are insufficient to meet their accommodation costs and ...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 Kerry. 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 - Employment Support Services

Was asked: her plans to introduce a scheme to facilitate persons (details supplied) on jobseeker’s allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The National Internship Scheme was launched on 1 July 2011. It provides internship opportunities of either 6 or 9 months for unemployed individuals on the Live Register, at all skills levels. The aim ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if her Department has completed a report to advise her on appropriate steps to deal with the general issue of social welfare payments to retained fire fighters; if she will publish the report; and if...More Button

Taking account of the unusual circumstances of retained fire brigade personnel and general efforts to develop and standardise our jobseeker schemes, a departmental group was established in late 2011 t...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will issue on a rent allowance appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway. More Button

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Carlow will receive a decision on their appeal 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 6 December 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the ...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on a carer’s allowance application in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

The above named was refused carer’s allowance on grounds that the care recipient is not so disabled as to require full- time care and attention as prescribed in regulations. He was notified of this de...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the position regarding a scheme to assist persons who were self employed and who now find that they do not qualify for jobseeker’s benefit; what has been put in place to assess these persons to quali...More Button

Was asked: the supports available to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary who has had to close their business of seven years due to the economic downturn; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding sickness benefit for those who are self employed (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 608, 681 and 683, inclusive together. The core issue relating to this question is the position of the self-employed. Self-employed persons are liable for PRSI at the ...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made on the review of an application for domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for domiciliary care allowance was received on 17 November 2011. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who found that the child was not medically e...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding a jobseeker’s allowance appeal by a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person concerned submitted an application for Jobseeker’s Allowance on 9 June 2009. The claim was disallowed as the customer failed to disclose means. The decision was appealed to the independen...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an appeal for rent allowance 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 28 February 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal against the decision to refuse an application for disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement o...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: if she will ensure that payment of rent supplement is restored as soon as possible in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

The person concerned was requested to furnish details of her landlord’s PPSN. last October further to section 198A of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005, as amended. Since then, the landlord’s...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding a lone parents allowance appeal 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 has lodged an appeal against the decision to disallow her application for a one-parent family payment and her file has been referred to an inspector for review as part of the appe...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal against the decision to refuse an application for diet supplement in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the...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 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 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 decision on an invalidity pension appeal will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; 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 23 January 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a bereavement grant appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 7 February 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when a decision will be made in relation to an application for carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person in question has been awarded carer’s allowance with effect from 24 March 2011. His first payment will reach his local post office on 3 May 2012. Arrears due for the period 24 March 2011 to ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if she will provide a breakdown of the amount paid by her Department to mobile telephone companies for the past five years; the name of the companies used; the criteria used in deciding which mobile ...More Button

The amount spent by my Department on mobile telephony over the past five years is as follows: Contracts were awarded under the national framework for the supply of mobile voice and data services estab...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when an oral hearing will be arranged for a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary who has made an appeal to the social welfare appeals office and who has been waiting almost six months for an...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 Kerry will receive a decision in respect of their carer’s allowance; 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 4 January 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the ...More Button

Was asked: when an appeal for disability allowance will be approved 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 available evidence disallowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary decision. ...More Button

Was asked: when an appeal for invalidity pension will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; 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 03rd November 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a review appeal in respect of a decision not to grant an invalidity pension to a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; 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 27th January 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that t...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: if she will consider including amendments into the next Social Welfare Bill to facilitate people who have been self-employed for a number of years and do not qualify for the State Pension (Transition...More Button

The State pension (transition) was introduced in 1970 when it was known as the retirement pension. It was designed to bridge the gap between the standard social welfare pension age, which at that time...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when carer’s allowance appeal will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person concerned was refused an increase in her carer’s allowance in respect of a second care recipient on the grounds that, based upon the medical evidence provided, the care recipient is not so ...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services

Was asked: her views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the internship scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The National Internship Scheme provides internship opportunities of either 6 or 9 months for unemployed individuals on the Live Register, in organisations in the private, public and community voluntar...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Records

Was asked: if she will provide a list of public bodies or specified bodies that are entitled to use the PPS number which is part of the public service identity dataset and the way this links in with the new sin...More Button

A Personal Public Service (PPS) Number is a unique personal identifier for the purposes of a person’s transactions in relation to the public functions of the bodies and agencies authorised by law to u...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Longford will receive payment of their invalidity pension in respect of his child who is a third level student; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Where a student reaches age 22 during an academic year, the increase for a qualified child is continued in payment for the duration of that academic year, provided s/he remains in full-time education....More Button

Was asked: the reason persons (details supplied) have been refused domiciliary care allowance in consideration of the extra care and attention required to look after their two young children suffering from Aspe...More Button

An application for domiciliary care allowance was received on 11th November 2011. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who found that the child was not medically...More Button

Was asked: her plans, if any, to restructure payment methods within her department to ensure that the 700,000 people currently living below the poverty line are brought above the poverty threshold; and if she w...More Button

Was asked: if she will ensure that there is a policy in place for transition from illness benefit to invalidity pension whereby applications for invalidity are being processed and ready to transfer prior to the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 636 and 640 together. The Deputy has clarified that this PQ is regarding two specific issues relating to the timelag between making a claim and receiving a decision. ...More Button

Was asked: if her Department will consider making the jobsbridge scheme available to persons in receipt of disability allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The National Internship Scheme is currently limited to individuals who are currently on the Live Register and have been in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit or are signing on for credits for at ...More Button

Was asked: the number of families waiting in excess of one month, three months, six months and twelve months for FIS applications to be processed and paid out; and if she will make a statement on the matter. 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 possibl...More Button

Was asked: the number of low income families who depend on family income supplement that have had their application put on hold because they are awaiting a decision on an allowance or benefit from their Departm...More Button

Was asked: the reason applications for FIS cannot be processed while a family member is awaiting a decision on a benefit or allowance from her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 639 and 641 together. Family Income Supplement (FIS) is designed to provide support for people with families who are on low earnings. This preserves the incentive fo...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

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

An application for domiciliary care allowance was received on 8th February 2012. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who found that the child was not medically ...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 Kerry. 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 ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 94 of 14 March 2012, if he will confirm that an appeal for carers allowance was successful in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9; the reason the ...More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer having fully considered all the available evidence, including that adduced at oral hearing, partially allowed the appeal of th...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the payment of re-location money to persons in County Galway who were affected by the flooding in 2009; if design costs, legal costs, engineering and planning costs, site ...More Button

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 the flooding and subseque...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services

Was asked: if she will issue an assurance to community employment scheme sponsors and participants that activity levels and employment levels will not be affected by the current review; and when the review repo...More Button

A financial review of Community Employment (CE) Schemes is underway. This review of CE Schemes has proved to be a valuable exercise for both the schemes themselves and for my Department. Given the v...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: if she will review the decision to cut funding to a critical addiction prevention service (details supplied) in Dublin 17 in view of the fact that the organisation has already had to cut some of its ...More Button

A financial review has been requested of all Community Employment (CE) Projects. It is anticipated that CE projects will see a reduction in the level of grant aid allocated in respect of materials an...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: if she will clarify for Dáil Éireann where applications for disability allowance are concerned, if she intends to review the present regulations governing the way means are calculated when a spouse o...More Button

As you are aware disability allowance is a weekly allowance paid to people with a disability who are aged 16 or over and under age 66. This disability must be expected to last for at least one year a...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when carer’s allowance will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will make a statement on the matter. 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...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: if a redundancy lump sum claim submitted to her on 8 August 2011 in respect of a person (details supplied) will be expedited and paid. More Button

A redundancy lump sum claim in respect of the person concerned has been awarded and a cheque payment will issue directly to the person concerned in the coming weeks.More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Payments

Was asked: when an application for carer’s allowance will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford. 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...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their application for carer’s allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. 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 her claim, a decision will be made and...More Button

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

Was asked: if she will approve an application for carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. 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 her claim, a decision will be made and...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will issue on an invalidity pension 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 23rd August 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that th...More Button

Written Answers - Consultancy Contracts

Was asked: the number of contracts that were issued to consultancy firms by her Department in 2011; the number that were issued in the first quarter in 2012; the cost of each contract and to whom they were issu...More Button

The Department has a major programme of business, organisational and technological change underway to enable it to modernise the services which it provides to customers. The Department engages consu...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 Tipperary; 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 12th March 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: when the financial review of community employment schemes will be completed and published; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A financial review of Community Employment (CE) Schemes is underway. This review of CE Schemes has proved to be a valuable exercise for both the schemes themselves and for my Department. Given the v...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when an application for carer’s allowance will be assessed in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9; and if she will expedite a decision on same in view of the fact that this application...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 her claim, a decision will be made and...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal for contributory pension in respect of a person (details supplied) who is now waiting nine months for a decision to be made; and if she will make a statement on the m...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

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 that additional medical evidence has been received from the person concerned in support of his application for carer’s allowance. This information was forwarded to the medical assessor for f...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Schemes

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kildare did not receive an offer of a training placement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

On 3rd January 2012, the person concerned was referred by the Kildare Local Employment Service for a Heavy Goods Vehicle Driving (Rigid Truck) Course scheduled to commence in Carlow on 16th April 2012...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if she will expedite a carer’s allowance application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. 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 her claim, a decision will be made and...More Button

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

There is no record of a carer’s allowance application ever having been received in respect of the above named. On 16 April 2012 a claim form and return envelope issued to the person concerned at the a...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if she will review the decision issued on the application and appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork for invalidity pension, in view of the evidence submitted on their condit...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 13th April 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal for carer’s allowance and in respect of an appeal for domiciliary care allowance for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 20; the reason for the delay in dealing wit...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that they do not have an appeal from the person concerned for Carer’s Allowance but an appeal for Domiciliary Care Allowance from her was received and ...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: if she is satisfied that the 1980 EU Insolvency Directive has been properly transposed into Irish law sufficient to protect employees who have paid into defined benefit schemes; and if she will make ...More Button

Was asked: the steps she will take to protect employees who have paid into defined benefit pension schemes which are discontinued by employers even though they are solvent. More Button

Was asked: her plans to request the establishment of a pension protection fund to provide security to employees in the event of the insolvency of an employer. More Button

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 669 to 671, inclusive, together. The pension rights of scheme members are protected through trust law and by provisions in the Pensions Act 1990 as amended. As suppl...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if an application for benefit now under appeal will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 28th February 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: when a decision is likely on an application for carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny and if she will expedite the matter. 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 her claim, a decision will be made and ...More Button

Was asked: when carer’s allowance will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. 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 her claim, a decision will be made and ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if a decision has been made on the appeal for invalidity pension 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 17th October 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that t...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on a scope appeal that is overdue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Further to my response to Parliamentary Question No. 117 on 16th February 2012, I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that there is no update to the information given previously. The Socia...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the position regarding mortgage interest supplement in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

The person concerned was refused mortgage interest supplement on 28th February 2012 as her first mortgage was not obtained to purchase, build or repair her main residence and although her second mortg...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Offices

Was asked: if she will consider improving the call waiting system for callers to the social welfare appeals office to give an indication to callers the position they are in in the queue and an indication of how...More Button

The facility referred to by the Deputy is not currently available on the call centre infrastructure on which the phone bank service of the Social Welfare Appeals Office operates. The feasibility of in...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to any building societies or retail banks who do not accept mortgage interest supplement cheques from her Department; if her attention has been drawn to any mortgage i...More Button

I am unaware of any difficulties in relation to the issues raised by the Deputy. Any person experiencing difficulty with the acceptance of cheque payments under the mortgage interest supplement scheme...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will issue on an invalidity pension claim in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 31st May 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the r...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Dublin who was previously on jobseeker’s allowance but now on carer’s allowance, may have the difference in the two payments backdated from the date they appl...More Button

The person in question was in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance with effect from September 2007. On that claim, payment was included for himself, his partner and his child as qualified dependants. He ...More Button

Was asked: if an application for carer’s allowance will be expedited and approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

The person concerned was refused an increase in his carer’s allowance in respect of a second care recipient on the grounds that, based upon the medical evidence provided, the care recipient is not so ...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the Labour Court recommendation No. LCR19293 in regard to community employment supervisors; the position regarding payment; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

The Labour Court recommended in July 2008 that an agreed pension scheme should be introduced for community employment (CE) scheme supervisors and assistant supervisors, and that such a scheme should b...More Button

Was asked: if she will re-examine the position regarding a community employment scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

I propose to take Questions Nos. 687 and 688 together. The person concerned was eligible for 3 years (156 weeks) as a CE participant. He commenced on Community Employment with Kiltegan Development As...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: the position regarding redundancy payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; if payment will be made as a matter of urgency; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A redundancy lump sum claim in respect of the person concerned has been awarded and a cheque payment will issue directly to the person concerned in the coming weeks.More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the position regarding an application for respite care grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

The respite care grant is an annual payment for carers who look after people in need of full-time care and attention. The payment is made regardless of the carer’s means to those who are providing ful...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if she will expedite an appeal against a decision not to award mortgage interest supplement in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; if an early oral hearing will be granted; the reaso...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 decision will be made on a carer’s allowance application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. 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 her claim, a decision will be made and ...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: if he will provide a list of all community employment schemes including their location, the focus of their work and their number of participants. More Button

Community Employment (CE) is an employment programme which helps long-term unemployed people to re-enter the active workforce by breaking their experience of unemployment through a return to work rout...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kildare is not permitted to apply for a community employment scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Since April 2000, there are capped limits on the amount of time that a person aged over 55 can participate on Community Employment (CE) — 6 years in total. The capping was introduced to facilitate th...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Laois has not had their application for the carer’s allowance finalised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person concerned was refused carer’s allowance on the grounds that the care recipient is not so disabled as to require full time care and attention as prescribed in regulations. On 4 October 2011,...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an appeal for carer’s 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 15th February 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that ...More Button

Written Answers - Public Procurement

Was asked: the number of State companies who have used overseas companies for printing work in the following years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; if he is satisfied that this is an appropriate use of State resource...More Button

All printing contracts placed with companies by my Department are awarded following competitive processes, which are carried out in accordance with Government procurement guidelines and in line with t...More Button


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