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Burton, Joan

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 Nbr. 3


Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: if she will confirm receipt of an appeal in respect of a claim for domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matte...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 22nd March 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that ...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made on the appeal against the refusal of a family income supplement application in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 13; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned has not been received by that office. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an invalidity pension appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 29th August 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: when a decision on an invalidity pension claim appeal will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the disability allowance claim of the person concerned was disallowed following an assessment by a Medical Assessor who expressed the opinion t...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social and Family Affairs and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social ...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an invalidity pension appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo following a decision by a medical officer in her Department that they are unfit...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 27th February 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process ...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an appeal for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the appeal from the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing in this case. More Button

There has been a very significant increase in the number of appeals received by the Social Welfare Appeals Office since 2007 when the intake was 14,070 to 2010 and 2011 when the intake rose to 32,4...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 31st August 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on an appeal to be granted habitual residence in respect of a person (details supplied) following an oral hearing on 14 March; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that the Appeals Officer is now considering the appeal in the light of all the evidence submitted, including that adduced at the hearing. The pers...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: if she will expedite an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 10th March 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that ...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal for domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); when a decision on their case may be expected; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 28th October 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process tha...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal for domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) when a decision on their case may be expected; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 29th February 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process th...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: if following an oral hearing, carer's allowance will now be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will expedite a decision. More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an oral hearing of this case took place on 12th March 2012 and the Appeals Officer is now considering the appeal in the light of all the evide...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: if an appeal submitted by a relative to her Department’s decision to reduce one parent family payment will be expedited and approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilken...More Button

I am informed by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an appeal for the person concerned hasn’t been registered. However, because of the large number of appeals currently being lodged, the...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office is an office of the Department that is independently responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding rent allowance which was discontinued in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Department had not been informed by the person concerned that his partner was self employed. For the purposes of rent supplement, the client’s partner has the potential to work more than ...More Button

Question No. 328 withdrawn.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if same will be expedited. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 29th September 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process t...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Question No. 331 withdrawn.More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue in relation to a social welfare appeal when the oral hearing element of the appeal is now over in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will...More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an oral hearing of the appeal of the person concerned took place on 14th March 2012 and the Appeals Officer is now considering the appeal in t...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on an appeal for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the invalidity pension claim of the person concerned was disallowed following an assessment by a Medical Assessor who expressed the opinion tha...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social and Family Affairs and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 3rd January 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Question No. 337 withdrawn.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 243 of 17 January 2012, the position regarding a review of medical evidence in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will exped...More Button

Further to my response to Parliamentary Question Ref. No. 2125/12 on 17 January 2012, I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that there is no update to the information given previously. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: the total number of applications for appeals on social welfare decisions in 2010 and 2011; the number of those appeals which were successful in changing the outcome of their application through thi...More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that there is no direct link between the number of appeals received in a given year and the number processed in that year as all appeals received i...More Button

A total of 32,432 appeals were received in 2010 and 31,241 in 2011. In 2010, 28,166 were processed of which 12,029 (43%) had a favourable outcome for the appellant. Of these, 7,282 were revised b...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork was turned down for domiciliary care allowance; the reason the person was not seen by her Department's medical advisor, and will she review the...More Button

An application for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) was received on 11th November 2011. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who found that the child wa...More Button

Was asked: if she will indicate the precise grounds for determination of entitlement to rent support, where the applicants have been assessed and accepted on the established Local Authority Housing List with ...More Button

Was asked: further Parliamentary Question No. 95 of 14 March 2011, wherein it would seem that there are no guidelines to indicate the exact amount of time a parent must have access to their child in order to ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 287 and 288 together.More Button

The purpose of the rent supplement scheme is to provide short-term support to eligible people living in private rented accommodation whose means are insufficient to meet their accommodation costs a...More Button

There are numerous qualifying conditions for the rent supplement scheme all of which are based on legislation. For example, any person seeking a rent supplement must satisfy the Department that the...More Button

There is no absolute discretion to determine entitlement to support under the rent supplement scheme. Entitlement to rent supplement is determined under Chapter 11 of the Social Welfare Consolidati...More Button

As previously advised, in a case where parents have joint custody of a child, the needs of both parents to have adequate accommodation to look after the child are taken into account when an applica...More Button

Was asked: when an application for domiciliary care allowance will be finalised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) was received on 11th November 2011. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who found that the child wa...More Button

Was asked: if she has any plans to act on IMF suggestions to cut free travel and free electricity/gas units for older persons. More Button

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently completed the fifth review of the Programme of Financial Support for Ireland. In this review, the IMF outlined that the Government has continued the ...More Button

My Department completed a Comprehensive Review of Expenditure last September and all social protection expenditure, including free travel and free electricity/gas, continues to be reviewed as part ...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 387 of 15 March 2012, her views on a matter (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Applications for disability allowance are assessed on a case to case basis by one of the Department’s medical assessors who are all fully qualified medical practitioners and who have training...More Button

All medical evidence is reviewed by the medical assessor in accordance with Department’s evidence based medical protocols and guidelines.More Button

Was asked: the reason rent support has not been paid since January to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person concerned was awarded rent supplement on the 15th of March 2012. The claim was delayed due to a lack of information provided by the client.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a rent allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The limit applicable to the person concerned is for a single person in shared accommodation. No evidence has been furnished by the landlord in question to suggest that a separation of ownership ex...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Disputes

Was asked: when it is expected that payments will be issued to employees of a company (details supplied) in respect to their claims awarded by the Rights Commissioner under the Organisation of Working Time Ac...More Button

Insolvency payment claims, in relation to employees of the company, were received online by the Department on 14 February 2012. The Department is processing January claims at present.More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan can expect to receive redundancy payment from the social insurance fund; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A redundancy lump sum claim in respect of the person concerned was awarded on 29 February 2012 and a cheque payment issued directly to the person concerned.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a redundancy payment application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A redundancy lump sum claim in respect of the person concerned was awarded on 29 February 2012 and a cheque payment issued directly to the person concerned.More Button

Was asked: the reason an award arising agreed via employment appeals tribunal has not being paid in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; if any outstanding entitlement to State redundanci...More Button

Claims made under the Insolvency Payments Scheme can only be processed if an employer is legally insolvent within the definition of the Protection of Employees (Employers’ Insolvency) Act 198...More Button

Was asked: if pursuant to the recently announced changes to the redundancy rebate scheme, favourable consideration can be given in introducing a tiered rebate system which would take into account the much gre...More Button

The purpose of the redundancy payments scheme is to compensate workers, under the Redundancy Payments Acts, for the loss of their jobs by reason of redundancy. Compensation is based on the worker&...More Button

It is the responsibility of the employer to pay statutory redundancy to all their eligible employees. An employer who pays statutory redundancy payments to their employees is then entitled to a re...More Button

Significant and increasing amounts have been paid out in redundancy rebates to employers from the SIF in recent years. While the SIF is constituted primarily from employer contributions, the taxpa...More Button

Where the date of dismissal for the purposes of redundancy occurred before 1 January 2012 the Social Insurance Fund refunded employers 60% of the cost of making people redundant. €152.2 milli...More Button

As part of the deliberations on Budget 2012, the approach taken in other countries was examined and it was decided that the 60% level of rebate is not sustainable in the current economic climate. ...More Button

It is not proposed to introduce a tiered system of redundancy rebate rates.More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services

Was asked: the arrangements in place to ensure the prompt processing of individuals in receipt of a jobseeker’s payment who have the opportunity of undertaking casual employment; the length of time it t...More Button

Where a jobseeker client states that they have found work, it is normal practice for their jobseeker claim to be closed. However, in cases where the client is taking up a short period of temporary...More Button

In these cases, instead of closing the claim, the local office temporarily suspends payment for the duration of the work or training. When the person signs on again after the period of work or tra...More Button

It is important for the client to make clear to the local office in advance that the work is expected to last for up to 4 weeks only or 8 weeks in the case of training.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons that have secured paid employment following the completion of an internship on the JobBridge programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when she expects the evaluation of the JobBridge programme to be completed; if this evaluation will cover the types of jobs taken up and the numbers that were offered paid employment at the end of ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 297 and 301 together.More Button

JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme, came into operation on the 1st July 2011. The Scheme has made significant progress to-date. Currently over 5,600 internships have commenced to date wi...More Button

The Department of Social Protection has recently conducted a tendering process for a company to conduct and evaluate JobBridge. This Project will assess the design, delivery and impact of the JobB...More Button

The evaluation should include the following key outcomes:More Button

The selection process for the engagement of the successful vendor is currently being finalised. It is anticipated that the evaluation review will be completed by the first quarter 2013More Button

Was asked: if she is satisfied that all employers taking part in the JobBridge programme are completing their monthly compliance reports; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of unannounced inspections that have taken place in relation to employers taking part in the JobBridge programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of persons that have availed of the whistle blowing function set up as part of the JobBridge programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the measures that are in place to ensure no jobs are displaced as a result of the JobBridge programme; her views that there should be stronger penalties for employers who are found to have displace...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 298 to 300, inclusive, and 302 together.More Button

JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme came into operation on the 1st July 2011. Currently over 5,600 internships have commenced to date with 4,170 internships currently in place and over 2,100...More Button

All organisations who are participating in JobBridge are required to abide by the criteria of the Scheme including the specific measures which have been designed to prevent the abuse of the Scheme;...More Button

As such JobBridge internships are monitored in accordance with the criteria governing the Scheme to ensure compliance. My Department conduct this monitoring to ensure that they are of sufficient qu...More Button

As part of this process Host Organisations must complete a monthly online compliance return for each Intern. The obligation to complete these returns is clearly stated in the Standard Agreement wit...More Button

Of the current active internships, 99% of Host Organisations are within compliance regulations. Of the remaining 1% who has not completed compliance the Job Bridge team investigate the matter fully.More Button

Monitoring visits are another integral part of our continuous efforts to improve the JobBridge scheme. The aim is to facilitate individual discussions with both the Intern and the Host Organisation...More Button

It is worth noting that an intern may contact the JobBridge Team at any stage of their internship whether for advice or as part of the “whistle blowing” feature. Consequently any individual who su...More Button

To-date over 7,800 emails have been received and responded to accordingly by the JobBridge Team and our Regional Support network. Of the current matters under review, in the region of 89 queries re...More Button

My Department continues to monitor and review the operation of the JobBridge Scheme including its control mechanisms and conditions on an on-going basis. Failure to comply with the terms of the Job...More Button

Question No. 301 answered with Question No. 297.More Button

Question No. 302 answered with Question No. 298.More Button

Was asked: the action she will take to facilitate a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will expedite a resolution to the problem. More Button

The National Internship Scheme provides internship opportunities of either 6 or 9 months for unemployed individuals on the Live Register, in organizations in the private, public and community volun...More Button

The eligibility to access the National Internship Scheme is based on the overall objective of labour market policy in ensuring a pathway to appropriate employment, training and education opportunit...More Button

Given the scale of the unemployment crisis, the key objective of labour market policy and of the NEAP will be to keep those on the Live Register close to the Labour Market and prevent the drift int...More Button

For these reasons, it has been proposed as a matter of public policy that eligibility for the scheme be confined to those on the Live Register and in receipt of unemployment payments or signing for...More Button

The JobBridge Team are available to support and provide advice to all potential interns in relation to eligibility criteria and participation in the JobBridge Scheme. Should any further informatio...More Button

Written Answers - EU Funding

Was asked: the funding available to a club (details supplied) in County Kildare under the EU social inclusion programme 2007/13; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity — PROGRESS (2007-2013) is a programme fully implemented and managed by the European Commission. It was established to financi...More Button

The overall mission of PROGRESS is to financially support EU Member States’ efforts to build a more cohesive society. It promotes the involvement of the relevant stakeholders, including socia...More Button

The EU Commission selects the projects to fund either through calls for tender or calls for proposals. Groups/organisations that are eligible for project co-financing generally receive a maximum of...More Button

In the case of Irish projects under the social inclusion and social protection strand of PROGRESS, my Department has been allocated funding of €75,000 in 2012 to support the matching funding r...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Was asked: the reason persons in receipt of lone parents allowance and jobseeker’s benefit payment have their payments changed from weekly to monthly when they take up limited employment; if her attenti...More Button

All payments to jobseeker and one-parent family clients are made on a weekly basis. A person claiming one-parent family payment can work and receive a weekly payment provided their earnings are wi...More Button

If the deputy has a particular case in mind, my officials will be happy to examine the matter.More Button

Was asked: if she will confirm that a person on invalidity pension who applies for partial capacity benefit but whose capacity to work is assessed as moderate or severe will lose 50% or 75% of their payment r...More Button

The Partial Capacity Benefit scheme provides an opportunity for people with disabilities, and assessed to have an employment capacity which is restricted when compared to the norm, to avail of empl...More Button

The level of partial capacity benefit payable is related to the level of restriction on claimants’ employment capacity, as assessed by a Medical Assessor. In the case of a person who was in ...More Button

It is not possible to make adjustments in the rates of payment where the capacity to work varies from day to day. However, the scheme provides that a claimant may revert to their underlying paymen...More Button

Was asked: if she has any plans to introduce additional top-up payments to social welfare entitlements for diabetes sufferers in recognition of the additional expenses they incur on account of the disease; an...More Button

Under the supplementary welfare allowance scheme, a diet supplement may be paid to a person who is receiving a social welfare or health service executive payment where a special diet is prescribed ...More Button

The Department commissioned a study by an expert from the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute which was called ‘The Examination of the Cost of Healthy Eating and Specialised Diets’. The st...More Button

These revised arrangements reflected the findings of the study. The objective is that all social welfare recipients, including those with special dietary needs, should be able to purchase an approp...More Button

There are no plans to make diabetes a prescribed diet for the purpose of qualifying for diet supplement.More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Offices

Was asked: the guidelines she has issued to local social welfare offices regarding the manner in which staff must interact with clients; if she will outline the manner of conduct expected from staff; the numb...More Button

Was asked: the number of formal complaints received by her from social welfare applicants; the process in which complaints are undertaken by her; the standard timeframe in which complaints are dealt with; and...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 306 and 342 together. More Button

My Department is committed to delivering a quality customer service. The Customer Charter sets out the commitments and standard of service people can expect from the Department. Customers will be...More Button

My Department makes 1.4 million payments each week, when adult and child dependants are taken into account that constitutes payments to almost 2.1 million people. Annually over 87 million payments...More Button

If a customer is dissatisfied with the standard of service they receive from a staff member, they can make a formal complaint in person, by telephone, by email, in writing and on line at www.wel...More Button

Two cases were referred to the Personnel Officer, over the past two years, for consideration of disciplinary action following complaints made against staff of my Department by customers. In one ca...More Button

Was asked: the large increase in the number using the local social welfare offices and the reduction in the public service numbers, if she has engaged with An Post and IPU with regard to the possibility of An...More Button

The Department is committed to delivering the best possible service to its clients and continuously strives to achieve the highest standard of customer service possible. In order to adapt to the l...More Button

As regards signing, the Department has developed a facility which captures a client’s signature on an electronic signature pad and it is planned to use this facility as part of the future cer...More Button

In addition, in order to offer a more streamlined, efficient and integrated service to clients, the Department is undergoing a process of intensive planning and organisational change in establishin...More Button

There are currently no plans to outsource any portion of the work involved in managing jobseekers claims to An Post.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: if she will provide a list of staff in her Department that serve as directors of companies arising from their employment; the names of the companies involved; the annual remuneration received, if a...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. The information will be collated and forwarded to the Deputy when it becomes available.More Button

I understand from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform that the Office of the Attorney General has advised that people working for the State are entitled to be indemnified for such work....More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Expenses

Was asked: the amount of expenses claimed on a monthly basis since March 2011 by all Ministers attached to her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Details of payments made by the Department since March 2011 in respect of expenses claimed by me are set out in the following table:More Button

Expenses included mileage claimed under the ministerial travel scheme, expenses incurred in representing the government in London for St. Patrick’s Day 2011, airfares and accommodation at Eur...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: when her review of community employment schemes will be complete; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A financial review of Community Employment schemes is ongoing following the announced changes in Budget 2012. All schemes have been communicated with and met by an officer of my Department. Retur...More Button

A series of meetings is taking place at national level with representative bodies in relation to coming up with solutions as to how savings can be gained within the programme and further meetings a...More Button

These reviews and subsequent reports at both the individual CE scheme level and at the macro level will provide good evidence on which to base future policy and ensure the most appropriate support ...More Button

Was asked: if she outline the terms applying to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 and community employment workers in general as to the duration of their entitlements to BCE; if her attention has been ...More Button

Community Employment participants may be eligible, but not entitled, to extensions in their participation under the following criteria:More Button

Part-time Integration OptionMore Button

Participation on the Part-time Integration Option is for 1 year. In certain limited circumstances a second year may be available, subject to the approval of the Department and the availability of ...More Button

Part-time Job OptionMore Button

Participation on the Part-time Job Option is for 1 year initially with annually renewable contracts for a further 2 years, subject to annual departmental approval and the availability of places and...More Button

The person concerned commenced on the Athru Education and Training CE programme on the 22nd February 2010 and completed a second consecutive year on the 19th February 2012. Request for a third yea...More Button

Was asked: if she will review a matter in respect of a person (details supplied).More Button

The Community Employment (CE) Programme is a labour market intervention designed to assist the long term unemployed return to the work force. Persons eligible to apply should be aged 25-65 years ...More Button

To be eligible to participate on a community employment scheme, it is mandatory that all participants are currently in receipt of one of the above listed payments on their expected CE start date fo...More Button

Furthermore, the following applies:More Button

Persons availing of the Tús, Springboard or JobBridge programmes, or receiving Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) may not simultaneously participate on Community Employment (CE). Persons en...More Button

The person concerned was in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit from 6th February 2010 to 1st October 2010, a total of 33 weeks. To be eligible for CE, she would have to be currently in receipt ...More Button

Was asked: if she will refer to community employment schemes previously run by FÁS and comment on the changes recently introduced and the arrangements now in place or are proposed to assist community o...More Button

The budget for Community Employment (CE) in 2012 is €315 million and the number of places remains at the previous level of 23,300. The changes announced in the Budget had no effect on the rate...More Button

All persons engaging in CE are still at least €20 better off financially than they were on their social welfare payment. They also have the opportunity of doing valuable work, benefiting both...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Fraud

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 309 of 13 March 2012, the reason she finds it so hard to get the real figures for fraud into the public domain instead of control savings that this Deputy has ...More Button

My Department processes in excess of 2 million applications each year and makes payments to some 1.4 million people each week. I want to emphasise again that the vast majority of people are receiv...More Button

However, the most reliable measure of excess payments by the Department through fraudulent claiming is by way of fraud overpayments raised. In 2010, there were a total of 51,950 overpayments asses...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: if a matter concerning electronic transfer of a UK pension can be resolved in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The matter in question has been referred to the Pension Service of the Department of Works and Pensions, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. The Pension Services of the Department of Work and Pensions w...More Button

Question No. 342 answered with Question No. 306.More Button

Written Answers - National Lottery Funding

Was asked: if she will confirm the amount of national lottery funds allocated to her Department; if the funds are spent on specific projects; if so, the name of the project; if the national lottery fund is al...More Button

This Department does not receive any funding from the National Lottery.More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: if she will provide a full breakdown by gender of all appointments to State boards since February 2011; the current status of State boards in relation to the percentage of participation of women an...More Button

The three statutory bodies operating under the aegis of the Department of Social Protection are the Social Welfare Tribunal, the Citizens Information Board and the Pensions Board. In addition, the...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the tables:More Button

Appointments to State Boards by Gender since February 2011More Button

Percentage of Males/Females currently serving on each BoardMore Button

Written Answers - Departmental Equipment

Was asked: the number of laptops in use in her Department; the number of tablets in use in her Department; the number of the laptops in use that are due to be upgraded this year. More Button

There are in total 535 laptops deployed across the Department and there are no specific plans to upgrade any laptops this year.More Button

No tablets have been purchased by the Department for production use, however a small number of devices are being evaluated at present in the context of increased requirements for mobile working. In...More Button