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Burton, Joan

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Coroners Service

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Donegal has yet to be furnished with a death certificate.More Button

I am informed by the Registrar General that this case was referred from the Coroner for Donegal North East to the Coroner for Donegal North West on 4th September 2012 and a date has not yet been fi...More Button

  Question No. 274 withdrawn.More Button

Carer's Allowance Applications

Was asked: if she will expedite a claim for carer's allowance in respect of a person (details supplied).More Button

I confirm that the department received an application for carer’s allowance from the person in question on the 26th March 2012. This application was referred to one of the Department’s medical asse...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding 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 the department received an application for carer’s allowance from the person in question on the 9th December 2011. The person concerned was contacted on the 3rd November 2012 request...More Button

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

I confirm that the Department received an application for carer’s allowance from the person in question on 15th May 2012. The application is with a deciding officer for a decision. Once processed...More Button

  Question No. 298 withdrawn.More Button

Was asked: when an application for carer's allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be processed; when a decision will issue; the amount of months applicants for carer's allowan...More Button

I confirm that the department received an application for carer’s allowance from the person in question on the 13th of April 2012. The application is with a deciding officer for a decision. Once p...More Button

The average time taken to award a carer’s allowance application is 25 weeks, however individual cases may vary. Some will be processed quicker, others will take longer depending on complexity an...More Button

Following the completion of a major modernisation project, an in-depth business process improvement (BPI) project was completed for the carer’s allowance scheme. This project focused on optimisi...More Button

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

I confirm that the department received an application for carer’s allowance from the person in question on the 27th March 2012. This application was referred to one of the Department’s medical ass...More Button

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

I confirm that the department received an application for carer’s allowance from the person in question on the 20th February 2012. The application is with a deciding officer for a decision. Once ...More Button

Child Benefit Eligibility

Was asked: if her Department has reviewed arrangements for payment of child benefit in the other European Union member states; if so, the rule that apply to Irish citizens with children living in those EU mem...More Button

The social security rights of people in a cross-border situation in the EU are governed by EU regulations which co-ordinate social security systems and are designed to ensure that people are not ...More Button

Before payment is made in respect of children resident in other EU countries it is necessary to contact the authorities in the country of residence of the children to confirm details and establi...More Button

The EU Commission attaches great importance to the system of coordinating social security for the role it plays in encouraging and facilitating free movement of people across the Union. In line w...More Button

Capital Programme Expenditure

Was asked: in respect of the October Exchequer returns, the reason the capital spending for her Department was €4m below profile for this period; her plans to ensure the full capital spending is implemented b...More Button

The Department of Social Protection has a capital budget of €10½ m. for the year 2012 to fund investment in its office accommodation and computer systems. The underspend of €3.872m on capital expe...More Button

Progress has since been made in both of these areas, with several projects completed and others advanced to the point where expenditure will be incurred early in the New Year. It is now expected ...More Button

Child Benefit Rates

Was asked: the position regarding multiple birth payment (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding child benefit (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 279 and 284 together. More Button

Child benefit is a monthly payment made to families with children in respect of all qualified children up to the age of 16 years. The payment continues to be paid in respect of children up to th...More Button

Parents of multiple birth children receive an additional monthly premia paid at one and a half times the monthly child benefit payment rate for each twin and double the monthly payment rate for e...More Button

As a universal payment child benefit assists parents with the cost of raising children and it contributes towards alleviating child poverty. The Government is also conscious that child benefit is...More Button

I am conscious that achieving a better design of the overall system of child income supports, including child benefit, raises complex issues about the effectiveness of the full range of income su...More Button

The Advisory Group prioritised the area of family and child income supports and has completed its work on this area. I am currently considering the findings of the Advisory Group’s report on this...More Button

Budget 2012

Was asked: if he will outline all impact analysis undertaken regarding Budget 2012 by her Department, before and after the budget came into effect; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As part of the 2012 Budgetary deliberative process, the Department analysed the distributive and poverty impact of possible welfare changes prior to the Budget and also carried out an analysis of t...More Button

Employment Support Services

Was asked: the measures she is using to ensure that persons in receipt of jobseekers' payments are actively looking for work or training opportunities, or are pursuing training or education. More Button

The Pathways to Work policy and the establishment of the new integrated National Employment and Entitlement Service (Intreo) service will transform the nature and level of engagement between our em...More Button

Was asked: the incentives are available for employers who hire a young unemployed person, currently receiving Social Welfare benefits; if there is an inclination for employers to use these incentives; and if ...More Button

There are a two main incentives available to employers to hire unemployed people in receipt of social welfare benefits, namely the Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme and the Revenue Job Assist Sc...More Button

Departmental Investigations

Was asked: the number of investigations that have been launched into persons suspected of claiming jobseeker's allowance or jobseeker's benefit under false pretences in the most recent twelve months for which...More Button

My Department has a target of reviewing 985,000 individual welfare claims and achieving €645 million in control savings for 2012. Up to the end of October 2012, almost €560 million in estimated co...More Button

National Internship Scheme Numbers

Was asked: her views on whether the requirement for a person to have signed on the dole for three months before he or she can apply for a JobBridge scheme placement is a barrier to those who cannot fulfil thi...More Button

The JobBridge Scheme has made significant progress since it came into operation on 1st July 2011. Over 12,300 internships have commenced to date with over 5,400 participants curren...More Button

  Question No. 284 answered with Question No. 279.More Button

Jobseeker's Allowance Payments

Was asked: the number of young persons aged between 18 and 21 years who are in receipt of the full rate of jobseeker's allowance of €188; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of young persons aged between 22 and 24 years who are in receipt of the full rate of jobseeker's allowance of €188; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of young persons aged between 18 and 21 years who are in receipt of the reduced rate of jobseeker's allowance of €100; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of young persons aged between 22 and 24 years who are in receipt of the reduced rate of jobseeker's allowance of €144; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 285 to 288, inclusive, together.

  At the end of October there were 56,940 persons under the age of 25 in receipt of jobseekers allowance, and 4...More Button

Jobseeker's Benefit Payments

Was asked: the number of young persons under 25 years of age, in receipt of jobseeker's benefit for less than six months; for more than six months and less than 12 months; for more than 12 months and less tha...More Button

Was asked: the number of young persons under 25 years of age, in receipt of jobseeker's allowance for less than six months; for more than six months and less than 12 months; for more than 12 months and less t...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 289 and 290 together.

  The total number of persons who are under 25 years of age and are in receipt of jobseekers allowance is 56,940 while th...More Button

  Questions Nos. 291 and 292 withdrawn.More Button

Mortgage Interest Relief Application

Was asked: the correct level of mortgage interest relief payable in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The correct level of mortgage interest relief payable to the person concerned is €125.45 per month. Her weekly illness benefit payment of €188 and the minimum contribution of €30 per week payable ...More Button

  Question No. 294 withdrawn.More Button

Invalidity Pension Appeals

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has been waiting 14 months for their application for an invalidity pension to be processed by the appeals office and the measures she will take to rectify this.More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer on 15th October 2012 who will make a summary decision on t...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and when a decision may be made on same.More Button

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

Jobseeker's Allowance Applications

Was asked: when an application for jobseeker's allowance will be determined 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 of the person concerned is being processed at present and she will be informed of the outcome once a decision has been made.More Button

One-Parent Family Payment Expenditure

Was asked: if she will provide the exact figure for savings made on the changes to one parent family payment in Budget 2012, broken down between employed and unemployed lone parents, in tabular form; and if s...More Button

The number of one-parent family payment (OFP) recipients stood at 89,510 on 28 November 2012. Some 49% of OFP recipients are presently in employment.

  As you are aware, the So...More Button

Free Travel Scheme Administration

Was asked: her plans to continue to provide free travel to those currently eligible into the future and to implement measures to better ascertain usage of this service such as a swipe card.More Button

Was asked: her plans to work with her counterparts in the Stormont Assembly to have free travel passes recognised on a cross-Border basis in view of the fact that currently a person eligible for free travel g...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 300 and 301 together. More Button

The free travel scheme is available to all people living in the State aged 66 years or over, to carers and to people who are in receipt of certain disability type payments. There are currently i...More Button

My Department is currently rolling out a public services card that will be used to access all social welfare entitlements. The card will act as a key for access to public services in general, id...More Button

The cross-border free travel scheme has been in place since July 1995, initially facilitating cross-border bus or rail journeys free of charge between the two jurisdictions. Since April 2007, th...More Button

There are considerable challenges ahead to protect, as far as possible, the key income supports provided by my Department which impact in some way on the lives of almost every person in the State...More Button

An interdepartmental review for the free travel scheme is currently being carried out with a view to ensuring that the scheme operates in a sustainable and cost effective manner. I appreciate th...More Button

Domiciliary Care Allowance Appeals

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

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 3rd October 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appe...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on a claim for domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) was received on the 25th October 2012. This application has been forwarded to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors for their medical opinio...More Button

Questions Nos. 325 to 329, inclusive, answered with Question No. 315.More Button

Social Welfare Code Review

Was asked: her plans to proceed with changes to eligibility to the lone parents payment in view of the fact that the Scandinavian model of child care is not in place here. More Button

The changes to the structure of the one-parent family payment (OFP) scheme and to the age of the youngest child at which the payment ceases are contained in the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2012...More Button

An Inter-Departmental Group (IDG) on School-Age Child Care has been established to define the best model for the provision of school-age child care to meet the needs of the customers of the Depar...More Button

Extensive work has been completed by the Group to quantify the level of school-age child care that is required to support the relevant social welfare income support recipients, in particular lon...More Button

Budget Consultation Process

Was asked: the organisations she met on a bilateral basis in the preparation for budget 2013; the organisations that sought a meeting but had their request declined; and the reason for these decisions. More Button

As part of my preparations for Budget 2013, I held a pre-Budget forum on 12 October 2012. I invited thirty five community and voluntary groups to the forum and listened carefully to their views an...More Button

Disability Allowance Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding a disability allowance appeal 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 disability allowance claim of the person concerned was disallowed by a Deciding Officer of the Department following an assessment by a Medi...More Button

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

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal, by the person concerned, was registered in that office on 18th   September 2012. It is a statutory requir...More Button

  Question No. 333 withdrawn.More Button

National Internship Scheme Places

Was asked: the number of young people aged 18-25 who are availing of the JobBridge scheme; the metrics in place to measure the success of this scheme in tackling youth unemployment and in young people leaving...More Button

The National Internship Scheme provides internship opportunities of either 6 or 9 months for unemployed individuals in organisations in the private, public and community voluntary sectors and at pr...More Button

Youth Unemployment Data

Was asked: if the pathways to work scheme is successful in targeting youth unemployment; if it is being used by young people; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Pathways to Work policy and the establishment of the new integrated National Employment and Entitlement Service (Intreo) service will transform the nature and level of engagement between our em...More Button

Work Placement Programme

Was asked: the number of young graduates who have taken part in the work placement programme; if they have been successful in gaining further employment; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Work Placement Programme was announced by Government on 27th May 2009. In June 2009, it was rolled out nationally. Under the programme, organisations apply to offer ‘work placements’ for a du...More Button

The aim of the programme is to provide unemployed people with the opportunity to work and gain experience so that they can keep their skills fresh and relevant to the job market. For graduates, ...More Button

Since the launch of WPP, in June 2009, 2,425 graduates have participated on the WPP1 Graduate stream. Of which, 2,375 have completed their placements and the balance of 50 are currently on WPP1....More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Appeals

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

Having received the final piece of information from the customer last week, the customer was contacted and arrangements made to make all payments due to him. More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Applications

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the processing of a rent supplement application in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22; and when a decision will be taken in this case.More Button

The person concerned has been contacted in relation to his application for rent supplement and a decision will issue to him once the application process is complete.More Button

Tax and Social Welfare Codes

Was asked: when the Advisory Group on Taxation and Social Welfare will be bringing its report to her in view of recent calls by self-employed groups (details supplied) for reform of the PRSI system to give fu...More Button

Creating jobs and tackling poverty are two of the key challenges that Ireland now faces and it is essential that our tax and social protection systems play their part in addressing these issues. T...More Button

The Group’s overall method of working is based on producing modular reports on the priority areas identified in the Terms of Reference. Where possible, the aim is to provide recommendations that...More Button

Cross-Border Co-operation

Was asked: if she will outline projects in which the Department co-operates with the Department of Social Development in the North.More Button

Was asked: the nature, process and outcomes of North-South co-operation with respect to the assessment and payment of social welfare benefits; and the payment of cross-border benefits and the issue of fraud c...More Button

Was asked: the process through which the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland is agreed with the Executi...More Button

Was asked: the nature, process and outcomes of the cross-Border operational forum.More Button

Was asked: the nature, process and outcomes of the case-by-case data matching which takes place between her Department and the Northern Ireland Department of Social Development.More Button

Was asked: the nature, process and outcomes of North-South co-operation between her Department’s SIU officers and their counterparts in the Fraud Investigation Service. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 315 and 325 to 329, inclusive, together. More Button

The Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 2005, allows a Departmental inspector to investigate - at the request of the competent authority of another Member State or international organisation or o...More Button

In practice, close co-operation exists between the relevant agencies in the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in Octobe...More Button

A Management Committee was established to oversee the workings of the MOU. The Committee comprises senior officials from Departments of Social Development, Social Protection and Work and Pension...More Button

Over the past number of years, fraud detection systems in border areas have been refined and enhanced and are subject to continuing review. A range of measures are employed by the Department to...More Button

Carer's Benefit Payments

Was asked: the number of carees, whether on full or partial rate in reciept of respite grant for each of the last 10 years; the value of the grant each year; and the cost to the Department for each of those y...More Button

Was asked: the number of carers in receipt of respite grants for each of the last ten years, whether on full or partial rate; the value of the grant in each of those years; and the total cost to his Departmen...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 317 and 318 together.

  The respite care grant (RCG) is an annual payment made automatically to people in receipt of carer’s allowance, carer’s b...More Button

  Question No. 319 withdrawn.More Button

Domiciliary Care Allowance Payments

Was asked: when payment of a domiciliary allowance 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 notified on the 30th November 2012 that his domiciliary care allowance appeal was successful. Payment of the allowance, along with arrears due, will issue on the 18th Dece...More Button

Social Welfare Code Issues

Was asked: if there is any scheme, supports or advice for unemployed taxi drivers, particularly those who got out of the business due to penalty points.More Button

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

Carer's Allowance Appeals

Was asked: when a decision on a carer's allowance appeal will issue in respect of 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 02nd April 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that ...More Button

Unemployment Levels

Was asked: if she will detail options open to her, within the remit of her department, to respond to the serious unemployment figures in Tallaght, Dublin 24; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Live Register figures from the Intreo Centre Tallaght covers the Tallaght, Dublin 24, Firhouse, Citywest, Saggart, Rathcoole, Blessington areas. The total number of persons on the Live Registe...More Button

Farm Assist Scheme Appeals

Was asked: when a final decision on an application for farm assist will issue 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

Social Insurance Payments

Was asked: if consideration is being given to introducing an option of permitting self-employed persons to voluntarily pay the proportion of PRSI for themselves that is usually paid by employers on behalf of ...More Button

In general the current system of social insurance operates on a mandatory basis only and does not provide for voluntary participation on the part of contributors. Self-employed persons are liable ...More Button

The third Actuarial Review of the Social Insurance Fund, as at 31 December 2010, was completed by consultants KPMG in June 2012 and laid before each House of the Oireachtas on 24 August 2012. T...More Button

One of the issues examined in the 2010 Review was the long-term cost implications to the Social Insurance Fund (SIF) and the break-even contributions rates required to provide invalidity pensions...More Button

Last year I established the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare to meet the commitment made in the Programme for Government. The Advisory Group will, inter alia, examine and report on issu...More Button

Any proposals to extend such social insurance entitlements, whether through the charging of the proportion of PRSI that is usually paid by employers on behalf of employees or otherwise, will have...More Button

  Question No. 335 withdrawn.More Button

Back to Work Allowance Eligibility

Was asked: if entering the taxi industry qualifies for support under the back to enterprise allowance; and if so, the reason this continues to be the case.More Button

The back to work enterprise allowance (BTWEA) was established to encourage persons who are long term unemployed and wish to develop or take up self-employment opportunities. The scheme allows a qu...More Button