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Written Answers. - Social Welfare Payments.

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 1

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 487. Mr. Ring Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring  asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs Information on Mary Coughlan Zoom on Mary Coughlan  the reason a social welfare payment to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is being deducted due to means from land, when in fact this person does not own land. [23276/02]

Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan Zoom on Mary Coughlan In the context of assistance schemes, income from a holding is assessable as means if the holding is owned by the customer or if he or she has the use of it. If no income is being derived from the holding its potential letting value is assessable.

The person concerned is the beneficial occupier of a holding. A deciding officer assessed his weekly means at €10, based on the potential letting value of the holding. This assessment entitles him to payment of unemployment assistance at the weekly rate of €238.


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