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Burton, Joan

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Employment Support Services

Was asked: the position regarding training or work in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3.More Button

The person concerned agreed a Personal Progression Plan with her case officer on 11th October 2012 in which many work and training opportunities were presented to her. It was agreed that she would ...More Button

Domiciliary Care Allowance Applications

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

An application for domiciliary care allowance was received from the person concerned on the 9th November 2012. The application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who conside...More Button

Invalidity Pension Appeals

Was asked: when a decision on an invalidity pension 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 referred to an Appeals Officer on 29th November 2012, who will make a summary decision on the appeal base...More Button

Jobseeker's Allowance Appeals

Was asked: the progress made in respect of an appeal for jobseeker's allowance 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 referred to an Appeals Officer on 27th November 2012, who will make a summary decision on the appeal bas...More Button

Back to Education Allowance Payments

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 133 of 29 November 2012, if she will state the correct level of back-to-education allowance payable in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildar...More Button

The weekly rate of back to education allowance payable to the person concerned is €247.60. This consists of a personal rate of €188.00 plus €59.60 qualified child allowance. A fuel allowance of €2...More Button

  Question No. 47 withdrawn.More Button

Family Income Supplement Application Numbers

Was asked: if there has been a change of practise in processing applications for family income supplement (details supplied); if a person who applied pre October could cancel that application and apply again ...More Button

Was asked: the length of time it takes to process an application for family income support and the length of time it will take to clear the current backlog. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 48 and 49 together. More Button

The Department is committed to providing a quality service to all its customers. An in-depth business process improvement (BPI) project has recently been completed for the FIS scheme. This proj...More Button

The outcome of this review is a detailed plan outlining the process required to manage both the continuous weekly intake and backlog claims clearance. This plan sees the current weekly new claim...More Button

This team including additional temporary resources has been identified and is already assigned and working on the backlog claims. In order to reduce the time it will take to eliminate the backlo...More Button

While it is not possible to clear all claims in the backlog before Christmas, every effort will be made to pay as many eligible claims as possible in that timeframe. It is expected that the back...More Button

Disability Allowance Eligibility

Was asked: her views on the anomalous situation whereby a recipient of disability allowance can continue to receive a dependent allowance for a dependent who has exceeded the age of 22 years, by virtue of the...More Button

An increase for a qualified child is typically payable in respect of each qualified child aged up to 18 years of age. The social welfare system provides additionally that an increase for a qualifie...More Button

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Applications

Was asked: the number of persons receiving supplementary allowance on 1 November 2012; the number of appeals with the social welfare appeals office on same; the number of applications not finalised by her Dep...More Button

The total number of persons in receipt of Supplementary Welfare Allowance on 1 November 2012 was 33,090. I am informed by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that the number of appeals on hands for ...More Button

  Question No. 52 withdrawn.More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Applications

Was asked: if she will expedite 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

The person concerned made an application for rent supplement on the 23rd November 2012 and has been requested to provide further information in order to process her claim. A decision will be made ...More Button

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

The person concerned has not provided the necessary information required to assess his application in full. The landlord of the person concerned must also provide proof of ownership of the property...More Button

Was asked: the maximum rent on which rent allowance is payable in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Following review a payment of seven hundred and forty seven euro and sixty cent per calendar month has been sanctioned. Arrears of one thousand, one hundred and forty seven euro and twenty cent is...More Button

Deserted Wife's Benefit Eligibility

Was asked: if she will take into account the exceptional circumstances in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare in respect of her deserted wife's benefit; and if she will make a statement ...More Button

All claims and benefits paid by the Department are subject to periodic reviews to establish continued entitlement. In this instance the person concerned was in receipt of Deserted Wife's Benefit. ...More Button

Social Insurance Payments

Was asked: if a person who was working in the public sector and also had self employment income at the same time is entitled or obliged to pay self-employed PRSI on the self employed income; if these contribu...More Button

Permanent and pensionable employees in the public service, other than those who were recruited after 6 April, 1995, are liable to pay social insurance contributions at modified PRSI rates. Subject...More Button

Child Benefit Rates

Was asked: the amount that would be raised for the Exchequer by cutting the children's allowance by €10 per child.More Button

A reduction in Child Benefit of €10 per child per month would save the Exchequer €142.5m (in a full year).More Button

Was asked: the reason required saving to the Exchequer expenditure on child benefit cannot be achieved in a progressive manner rather than a crude cut; if it is possible to tax it instead; and if she will mak...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 thei...More Button

While child benefit is an important source of income for families, the social protection system also provides assistance to families with children through the payment of qualified child increases...More Button

While issues relating to changes in taxation policy are a matter for my colleague, Michael Noonan T.D., Minister for Finance, the taxation of child benefit would only address one of the main chil...More Button

Carer's Allowance Applications

Was asked: the position regarding an application for carer's allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9; 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 24th February 2012. The application is with a deciding officer for a decision. Once pr...More Button

Fuel Allowance Applications

Was asked: if free fuel allowance is available in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In order to qualify for a fuel allowance a jobseeker’s allowance recipient must, in addition to a number of other qualifying conditions, have been in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance for over 390 d...More Button

Was asked: when free fuel allowance will be paid 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 is in receipt of invalidity pension since 15 September 2011. In order to qualify for the national fuel scheme, applicants must satisfy a means assessment and be living alone o...More Button

Back to Education Allowance Eligibility

Was asked: if back-to-education allowance is payable in lieu of unemployment assistance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A back to education allowance application form must be completed in order to determine if a person has an entitlement to the allowance. According to the records of this Department, the person conc...More Button