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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 149-155
 Header Item Registered Employment Agreements
 Header Item Birth Certificates
 Header Item State Pension (Non-Contributory) Eligibility
 Header Item Departmental Staff Numbers
 Header Item Housing Issues
 Header Item Social Welfare Benefits Numbers

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 809 No. 3

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Written Answers Nos. 149-155

Registered Employment Agreements

 149. Deputy Andrew Doyle Information on Andrew Doyle Zoom on Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the legislative measures he intends to take on registered employment agreements following on from the recent striking down elements of the Industrial Relations Act 1946 by the Supreme Court in McGowan and others v. The Labour Court, Ireland and the Attorney General; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [32494/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton In the judgment delivered on 9 May last in McGowan and others v. The Labour Court, Ireland and the Attorney General, the Supreme Court held that Part III of the Industrial Relations Act 1946 was invalid having regard to Article 15.2.1 of the Constitution.

  That Article provides, in effect, that the exclusive power to make laws is vested in the Oireachtas. The Supreme Court took the view that REAs are instruments having the status of laws made by private individuals. While the Constitution allows for the limited delegation of law making functions, the provisions of the 1946 Act went beyond what is permissible under the Constitution.

  The effect of this decision is to invalidate the registration of employment agreements previously registered under Part III of the 1946 Act. This is an important issue for many employers and their employees, particularly in relation to rates of pay and tendering for contracts.

  I intend as soon as possible to put in place legislation that will be fully informed by the Supreme Court judgment, but will introduce a revised framework to deal with these matters.

Birth Certificates

 150. Deputy Niall Collins Information on Niall Collins Zoom on Niall Collins asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton the procedures to be followed in order for a person aged 89 years, with no living family members, to register their birth as it has not been registered to date. [32325/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The provisions governing the registration of births in Ireland are set out in Part 3 of the Civil Registration Act, 2004. The standard procedures for registration of a birth require a qualified informant to give the required particulars to a registrar of births and to sign the register in the presence of the registrar.

In cases where no qualified informant exists or can be found, the Registrar General, acting under section 19 (5) of the Act, may authorise the registration of a birth, subject to provision of satisfactory evidence as to the facts of the birth.

In this case, the person concerned (or their nominated representative) should apply to the office of the Registrar General directly in writing and formally request that their birth is registered. Independent evidence of birth (such as a baptismal certificate or school records) should be enclosed with the application, if possible.

The application should be made to: Late Registrations, General Register Office, Government Offices, Convent Road, Roscommon.

State Pension (Non-Contributory) Eligibility

 151. 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 if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare has an entitlement to a non-contributory State pension; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32310/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The person concerned applied for the State pension (non-contributory) on the 21st January 2013 and by decision dated 21st  February, 2013 her application was refused as her means exceeded the statutory limit for receipt of that pension. The customer was advised of her right to appeal this decision.

Departmental Staff Numbers

 152. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh Information on Aengus Ó Snodaigh Zoom on Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton the number of staff of her Department who were assaulted by members of the public or other members of staff in the past year; the number of prosecutions taken against the perpetrators of these assaults; if she will provide details of supports available for staff who are victims of assault. [32315/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton Since the 1st July 2012, there have been four reports of alleged physical assaults on members of staff of my Department, three by members of the public and one by another staff member. My Department’s Health and Safety Unit has recorded 103 other instances of alleged threats, assaults or abuse of staff members in the last year. The criminal prosecution of assaults is a matter for independent investigation by An Garda Síochána.

My Department takes seriously all events or incidents involving a threat to or an assault on a member of staff. The manager of any staff member involved in such incidents is asked to establish the immediate needs of that staff member having regard to the particular circumstances and situation including determining whether there is physical injury and seeking medical assistance and, in the case of threat or assault, reporting the issue to the Gardaí.

In these events, staff members are supported by local management and regional health and safety management, where appropriate. In addition, the Employee Assistance Service (EAS) is a support service available to all staff of my Department on a confidential basis. In the event of an assault or threat, the EAS would ordinarily be contacted by local management, regional management or Human Resources Division and asked to make contact with the individual(s) directly affected. Typically the Employee Assistance Officer would offer to visit the location and speak with and assure all of the staff concerned. Also, if required, outside counsellors may be engaged to assist the staff member.

Housing Issues

 153. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton when a decision will be made on an application for a relocation grant lodged by a person (details supplied) in County Galway; the reason for the delay in issuing this payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32316/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The Government has provided various types of support to people affected by the November 2009 flooding. Humanitarian Aid payments were made, both in the immediate aftermath of the flooding and subsequently to enable eligible households to resume living at their home.

  Subject to certain conditions the Government also decided to provide support to a small number of families who are continuing to experience significant housing problems as a result of the November 2009 flooding and are considering the possibility of relocating rather than resuming living at their original home.

  The legal agreement necessary for the purpose of this scheme was the subject of much detailed discussion and negotiations between this Department, the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Chief State Solicitor’s Office (CSSO). The agreement was finalised and issued to the householders in December 2012

  In view of the legal obligations attaching to the payment of moneys in respect of relocation assistance, householders were advised to seek legal advice prior to signing the agreements.

  The required information to complete the processing of a relocation grant for the person named was received in the Department on 19   June 2013. Payment has issued to the person’s nominated financial institution on 28 June 2013.

Social Welfare Benefits Numbers

 154. Deputy John Lyons Information on John Lyons Zoom on John Lyons asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton the number of casual or part-time employees in receipt of social welfare payments such as jobseeker's allowance, jobseeker's benefit and family income supplement, grouped by the 20 largest private sector employers and occupation type; and if she will make a statement on the matter.  [32340/13]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The jobseeker's benefit and jobseeker’s allowance schemes provide income support for people who have lost work and are unable to find alternative full-time employment. The Revised Estimates for my Department provide for expenditure on the jobseeker’s schemes of €3.66bn in 2013.   

  As of end May 2013 there were 87,943 casual or part-time workers on the schemes, of whom 33,354 were in receipt of jobseeker benefit and 54,589 were in receipt of jobseeker allowance. The family income supplement or FIS payment is designed to provide income for employees on low earnings with families. The FIS payment preserves the incentive to remain in employment in circumstances where the employee might only be marginally better off than if he/she was unemployed and claiming other social welfare payments. The Revised Estimates for my Department provide for expenditure on FIS of nearly €230 million in 2013. There are currently just under 40,600 families benefiting from the FIS scheme.

  To qualify for payment of FIS a person must be engaged in full-time insurable employment which is expected to last for at least 3 months and be working for a minimum of 38 hours per fortnight or 19 hours per week.

  Administrative data in relation to the number of hours worked by FIS recipients are not available. However, the table below lists the twenty private sector employers with the largest number of employees who are in receipt of FIS as at end June 2013.

  It is recognised that a changing labour market has resulted in a move away from the more traditional work patterns, with a consequent increase in the number of persons employed for less than a full week. This is an important policy issue for my Department but any changes to the current criteria could have significant cost implications. For that reason my Department will consider this issue very carefully. In tandem the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare, which has already reported to me on a number of important policy areas, is now looking at the whole area of atypical work and I look forward to their recommendations on this issue.

  The following tables set out the most recent analysis by my Department of private sector employers who employ persons also in receipt of jobseeker’s benefit and allowance, or family income supplement. The main employment types are in the retail and service sectors.

  Casual Jobseeker’s Recipients by Private Sector Employers

 -EmployeesEmployer Name
1679Dunnes Stores
2306An Post
3284Tesco Irl Ltd
4279Next Retail Ltd
5275Flexsource Ltd
6223Noonan Services Grp Ltd
7188Primark T/A Pennys
8153Noel Recruitment Ltd
9150CP Healthcare Ltd
10130Lidl Irl
11129Argos Dist Ltd
12123Grafton Recruitment Ltd.
13120Lifestyle Sports |Ltd
14116Xtra Vision Ltd
15115ISS Irl. Ltd
16111Poundland Ltd
18107TJX Irl.
19105G4S Secure Solutions Ltd
20104Noel Recruitment Ltd (Employer number other than at 8 above)

  FIS Recipients by Private Sector Employers
-  EmployeesEmployer Name
1849Tesco Irl Ltd
2542Dunnes Stores
3228Noonan Services Group Ltd
4186ISS Irl Ltd
5148Campbell Catering Services
6145Primark T/A Pennys
7135Marks & Spencer Irl Ltd
893Lidl Irl
993Boots Retail Irl Ltd
1091Sodexo Irl Ltd
1189Superquinn Ltd
1280Dawn Meats Irl
1380Compass Catering Services Irl
1479Bank of Ireland
1578Kerry Grp Services Ltd
1673Ard Services Ltd (Statoil)
1768Nolan Transport
1867Rosderra Irish Meats Grp
1966B&Q Irl Ltd
2065Mowlam Healthcare Services

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