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Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 No. 1

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 121.  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  if a contributory pension is being unreasonably denied to a person (details supplied) in County Cork when Revenue have confirmed no outstanding PRSI liability; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7378/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton A claim for a State pension (contributory) was received from the person concerned on 31 August 2011. The claim was disallowed on 7 November 2011 as he had an outstanding PRSI (self-employment) liability, and the reason for this decision was communicated to him on that date.

[157]The Department has today been advised by Revenue that the PRSI liability has been fully discharged by the person concerned. He has now been awarded State pension (contributory) and arrears due will issue shortly.

 122.  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 grounds on which carer’s allowance was refused in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7466/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The person concerned was refused carer’s allowance on two separate issues, firstly on the grounds that she is working outside the home for more than 15 hours per week and secondly that the care recipient is not so invalided or disabled as to require full-time care and attention as laid down in legislation. On 25 January 2012, she was notified of this decision and the reasons for it.

Following recent communication from her employer the actual number of hours worked per week has now been clarified and her claim is currently being reviewed. She will be notified of the outcome of the review shortly.


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