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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 197-213
 Header Item Disability Allowance Appeals
 Header Item Carer's Allowance Appeals
 Header Item Employment Opportunities
 Header Item Invalidity Pension Appeals
 Header Item Domiciliary Care Allowance Review
 Header Item Social Welfare Appeals Status
 Header Item State Pension (Non-Contributory) Eligibility
 Header Item Invalidity Pension Appeals
 Header Item Fuel Allowance Eligibility
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Rent Supplement Scheme Payments
 Header Item Farm Assist Scheme Appeals
 Header Item Disability Allowance Eligibility

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 820 No. 3

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Written Answers Nos. 197-213

  Question No. 198 answered with Question No. 173.

Disability Allowance Appeals

 199. Deputy Ciarán Lynch Information on Ciaran Lynch Zoom on Ciaran Lynch asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton when a determination will be made 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. [47986/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 20th  August 2013. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these have been received from the Department, the case in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral appeal hearing.

  The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.

Carer's Allowance Appeals

 200. Deputy Tom Fleming Information on Tom Fleming Zoom on Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton if she will expedite a review of a carer's allowance appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47989/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton Further to my response to Parliamentary Question Ref. No. 43715/13 on 16th  October 2013, I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that in light of the additional information submitted the appeal of the person concerned was referred to the Appeals Officer who made the original appeal decision in this case.

  I understand that the Appeals Officer has reviewed the appeal of the person concerned and has determined that a revision of his original decision is not warranted. Accordingly, the Appeals Officers decision of 17th  September 2013 stands.

  The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.

Employment Opportunities

 201. Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton if letters were sent out by her Department to applicants on jobseeker's allowance requesting their CVs to apply for positions available for qualified tradespeople in Canada; and the action she will take regarding same. [47996/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton At the request of the provincial Government of British Columbia in Canada and the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA), the Department agreed to publicise construction related vacancies on their behalf. The positions included architects, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, welders and other construction related occupations.

The Department wrote to more than 2,500 jobseekers in Ireland to inform them of the positions. Any such employment opportunities brought to the attention of jobseekers by the Department outside of Ireland are completely voluntary and people who do not avail of any such opportunities will not lose their social welfare entitlements here. This position is reflected in all communications with jobseekers.

Invalidity Pension Appeals

 202. Deputy Dara Murphy Information on Dara Murphy Zoom on Dara Murphy asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton when a decision on an invalidity pension appeal will be made in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48001/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 28th May 2013. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought from the Department of Social Protection. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 21st   October 2013 and the case will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing.

  The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.

Domiciliary Care Allowance Review

 203. Deputy John O'Mahony Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their review for domiciliary care allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48006/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton An application for domiciliary care allowance was received from the person concerned on the 4th September 2013. The application was disallowed as the child was not considered to satisfy the qualifying conditions for the allowance. A letter issued on the 2nd October 2013 advising of the decision.

The person concerned subsequently requested a review of the decision. The case was reviewed by another Medical Assessor on the 6th November 2013, who having examined all the information supplied, confirmed the opinion that the child was not medically eligible for the allowance. A letter issued on the 7th November 2013 advising of the decision.

The person concerned has been advised of her right to appeal the decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office within twenty one days.

Social Welfare Appeals Status

 204. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton when the Social Welfare Appeals Office will issue a decision relating to the appeal submitted by a person (details supplied) in County Cavan; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48015/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the appeal from the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer who has decided to convene an oral hearing in this case.

  The hearing will be scheduled for week-commencing 02nd  December 2013 and the person concerned will be informed when arrangements for the oral hearing have been made.

  The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.

State Pension (Non-Contributory) Eligibility

 205. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton the position regarding a non-contributory pension review in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin.  [48020/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton Entitlement to the State pension (non-contributory) is subject to a means test. Items which count as means include cash income, including British pensions, the value of any property (excluding a person’s own home) and the value of any savings and investments.

The person concerned did not qualify for the State pension (non-contributory) as her means exceeded the current statutory limit. It should be noted that payment for a qualified adult on State pension (contributory) is also subject to a means test.

Invalidity Pension Appeals

 206. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton the reason for the delay in an invalidity payment in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48039/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all of the available evidence, has decided to allow the appeal of the person concerned by way of a summary decision. The person concerned has been notified of the Appeals Officer’s decision.   

  The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.

Fuel Allowance Eligibility

 207. Deputy Eric Byrne Information on Eric J. Byrne Zoom on Eric J. Byrne asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton the position regarding fuel allowance in respect of a persons (details supplied) in Dublin 8; if she will grant same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48106/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton Entitlement to fuel allowance is subject to a household income means test. In order to qualify for this allowance, in addition to an applicant being in receipt of a qualifying social welfare pension payment, s/he and any other members of their household must have a combined income not exceeding €100.00 per week, or savings/investments not exceeding €58,000.

According to the information available to the Department, the person concerned, in addition to their State pension (transition), has a gross weekly income in excess of €100.00, and is therefore not eligible to receive the allowance. The claim was disallowed accordingly, and the person concerned was notified of this decision on 18 February 2013.

Departmental Expenditure

 208. Deputy Lucinda Creighton Information on Lucinda Creighton Zoom on Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton if she will provide in tabular form for each year since 2003, the total cumulative amount in euro paid by her Department for non-audit services to companies (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48115/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton No amounts were paid to KPMG for non-audit services. The information in relation to the other companies is set out in the table:

Company Year
PWC
2003
101,650.00
-
2005
65,975.54
-
2006
214,559.63
-
2007
10,100.00
-
2008
4,776.00
-
2011
40,873.50
-
2012
20,600.00
-
2013
6,180.00
Grant Thornton
2008
153,466.12
-
2009
1,000.00
Deloitte & Touche
2009
10,479.78
-
2010
8,671.46
-
2011
5,933.94
-
2012
23,175.00
-
2013
234,111.79
Ernst & Young
2003
545.42
-
2008
100,193.42
-
2009
82,215.00
-
2010
101,573.06
-
2011
127,286.14
-
2012
7,623.00
-
2013
24,008.44

Departmental Expenditure

 209. Deputy Lucinda Creighton Information on Lucinda Creighton Zoom on Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton if she will detail, in tabular form for each year since 2003, the total cumulative amount in euro paid by her Department to companies (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48136/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The information requested is set out below. There were no amounts paid to Mason, Hayes & Curran or William Fry Solicitors.

Company Year Amounts Paid
   
 
2005
2,807.20
 
2010
6,597.96
Arthur Cox
2012
3,703.28
 
2004
1,212.00
 
2005
8,558.48
 
2007
26,630.68
 
2008
2,895.98
 
2009
74,140.83
Matheson
2010
3,959.16
A&L Goodbody
2003
514.25
 
2004
2,878.84
 
2005
18,439.82
 
2006
90,683.74
 
2009
27,283.20
McCann Fitzgerald
2004
600
 
2007
33,192.44
 
2008
3,059.40
 
2009
3,752.13
 
2010
1,670.55

Departmental Expenditure

 210. Deputy Lucinda Creighton Information on Lucinda Creighton Zoom on Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton if she will provide in tabular form for each year since 2003, the total cumulative amount in euro paid by her Department to senior counsel; and if she will make a statement on the matter.  [48158/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton There are no records of payments to Senior Counsel by my Department during the period in question. The Office of the Attorney General is responsible for discharging fees in respect of Counsel who are retained by that Office to act for the Department.

Rent Supplement Scheme Payments

 211. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton the maximum rent in respect of which rent support is payable, applicable to the house in question given the tenancy of two adults only (details supplied) in County Kildare; the exact amount of rent support approved in this case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48180/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton As previously outlined to the Deputy, the maximum entitlement to rent supplement is in payment to the customer. The rent limits were revised in June 2013 which set the maximum rate payable to this person based on their circumstance and County of residence at €575 per month. Department records indicate that the rent currently payable by the person is now in excess of this revised limit and the case will be reviewed accordingly in due course. Department officials are happy to assist the Deputy with any further queries in relation to this case.

Farm Assist Scheme Appeals

 212. Deputy Colm Keaveney Information on Colm Keaveney Zoom on Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton when a person (details supplied) in County Galway may expect a decision on their farm assist payment appeal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48183/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned together with the relevant Departmental papers were received by that office on 07th  October 2013 and that the case will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing.   

  The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.

Disability Allowance Eligibility

 213. Deputy Jim Daly Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton if myalgic encephalomyelitis is recognised by medical assessors in her Department as a debilitating disease for the purpose of various applications for disability allowance and so on; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48185/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton Myalgic encephalomyelitis   is accepted as a certifiable medical condition. Eligibility to illness related schemes is determined by the severity and expected duration of illnesses. All Departmental medical assessments for illness related schemes are conducted in accordance with the Department’s evidence based medical protocols and guidelines.

  All medical evidence submitted is taken into consideration in assessing eligibility for the various illness related schemes.


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