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Burton, Joan

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Pension Provisions

Was asked: if permission to early draw down pensions would positively influence younger persons to start their pension; her plans to tackle low pension investments especially by young persons; and if she will...More Button

Pensions are a long-term investment aimed at ensuring that people have an adequate income in retirement. Government policy supports this aspiration through generous tax reliefs. At present, peopl...More Button

There are a number of reasons why early withdrawals of pension savings are generally not permitted, the principal one being that funds, and the associated tax relief on contributions, are designe...More Button

Younger people in pension schemes are unlikely to have significant pension savings and where their pension scheme has incurred losses, as many have over the past number of years, early withdrawal...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Government has recently engaged the OECD to conduct an independent review of long term pension policy in Ireland. I have asked the OECD to consider the issue of...More Button

The OECD review will also consider the coverage levels and adequacy and sustainability of pensions, with a particular focus on lower and middle income groups. In terms of overall coverage, it ha...More Button

Invalidity Pension Appeals

Was asked: when an application for invalidity pension appeal will be finalised in respect of a person in (details supplied) 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 has not been received by that office. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minis...More Button

Carer's Allowance Applications

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on an application for a carer's allowance.More Button

I confirm that the department received an application for carer’s allowance from the person in question on the 10th February 2012. The application is with a deciding officer for a decision. Once pr...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 the department received an application for carer’s allowance from the person in question on the 11th October 2012. Once all the necessary investigations have been carried out in rela...More Button

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

I confirm that an application for carer’s allowance from the person in question was refused on the ground that the caree in question was not medically eligible for carer’s allowance. A letter issu...More Button

Community Employment Schemes Funding

Was asked: if the issue of secondary payments to community employment scheme workers will be revisited; specifically if a projects long term viability comes under threat the steps she will take to ensure that...More Button

The Department is committed to enhancing the viability of CE, including the support for the delivery of services, value for money and the progression of participants. The broad policy direction for...More Button

Carer's Allowance Delays

Was asked: the reason officials in her Department are no longer providing applicants with information on what month is currently being worked on in terms of the backlog of applications for carer's allowance; ...More Button

The Department is committed to ensuring that claims are processed as expeditiously as possible. The average time taken to award a carer’s allowance application is 25 weeks, however individual case...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

The current average time taken to process carer’s allowance appeals decided by summary decision is approximately 32 weeks, while the current average time for those requiring an oral hearing is ap...More Button

Jobseeker's Benefit Applications

Was asked: the number of claimants of jobseeker's benefit who have been removed from benefit after the change to assessing their claims on a five day basis in July this year and the number projected to be rem...More Button

The jobseeker's benefit and jobseeker’s allowance schemes provide income support for people who have lost work and are unable to find alternative employment. It is a fundamental qualifying conditi...More Button

The change to the calculation method for part-time or casual jobseeker’s benefit recipients does not, in general, act to remove persons from the scheme as the rule whereby a person must be fully ...More Button

Domiciliary Care Allowance Appeals

Was asked: the reasons a family (details supplied) in County Kildare was refused a domiciliary care allowance payment; if the decision may be appealed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) was received on the 26th June 2012. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who found that the child was not ...More Button

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Applications

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kerry was awarded supplementary welfare allowance when residing in Ireland in 1998; if they met all conditions necessary for the entitlement to supp...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal was registered in that office on 06th November 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departme...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding supplementary welfare allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

The person concerned applied for Disability Allowance and was refused. He has appealed this decision to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office and is awaiting the result of this appeal. In...More Button

Illness Benefit Appeals

Was asked: if a decision on an appeal for illness benefit will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Social Welfare Benefits Applications

Was asked: the position regarding social welfare entitlements in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person concerned should contact her local social welfare office or Citizens’ Information Centre whereupon her full details can be provided and any possible entitlements outlined in this regard.More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Expenditure

Was asked: the amount spent annually for 2010 and 2011 on rent allowance in the counties Laois and Offaly.More Button

There are approximately 88,000 persons in receipt of rent supplement for which the Government has provided a sum of €436 million for 2012. The total expenditure on rent supplement was €517 million...More Button

Disability Allowance Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will issue on a disability allowance appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal for Illness Benefit from the person concerned was assessed by a Medical Assessor of the Department of Social Protection who was of th...More Button

On receipt of their response her appeal will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision in the case or arrange an oral hearing if warranted. The Social Welfare Appeals Of...More Button

Community Employment Schemes Places

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

The person concerned was in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance up until March 2010. He then commenced a Community Employment Scheme which is due to finish in March 2013. Based on the eligibility cri...More Button

Social Welfare Appeals Status

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal for a respite grant 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 19th November 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process th...More Button