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Written Answers. - Recovery of Overpayments.

Tuesday, 8 October 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 469 No. 5

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 197. Mr. M. Kitt Information on Michael P. Kitt Zoom on Michael P. Kitt  asked the Minister for Social Welfare Information on Prionsias De Rossa Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  whether he intends recovering overpayments where his Department has made a mistake; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17666/96]

Minister for Social Welfare (Proinsias De Rossa): Information on Prionsias De Rossa Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa The recovery of all social welfare overpayments, including supplementary welfare allowance, is governed by a code of practice which is set out in regulations that were made by me in July. Copies of these regulations (S.I. No. 227 of 1996) are in the Dáil Library.

Under the code account has to be taken of the interests of taxpayers and social insurance contributors, including employers, who finance the various social welfare payments as well as the ability of the person concerned to repay.

Recovery will be sought in the type of case mentioned by the Deputy. In all cases, including such cases, regard will be had to the provisions of the code.


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