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Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 4

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 440. 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  if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive the QAA of their spouse's contributory old age pension issued in their own name. [24366/02]

Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan Zoom on Mary Coughlan It is necessary to write to both spouses with regard to providing a separate payment arrangement as requested by the Deputy. This is now being arranged and the position will be further examined when a reply is received.

 441. Mr. Deenihan Information on Jimmy Deenihan Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs Information on Mary Coughlan Zoom on Mary Coughlan  if she will extend the living alone allowance to people who are in receipt of a British pension but who are living permanently here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24405/02]

Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan Zoom on Mary Coughlan The living alone allowance, which amounts to €7.70 per week, is payable to people who are in receipt of certain social welfare type payments and who reside alone. It is not a payment in its own right but an allowance which can only be paid as a supplement to an Irish social welfare payment. As such, it cannot be paid to people without a social welfare entitlement or to those whose pension payments are made under the social security regimes of the UK or other countries. Proposals to change the current eligi[1177] bility arrangements would have to be considered in a budgetary context.


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