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Burton, Joan

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 Nbr. 3


Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed).

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Written Answers - Employment Support Services

Was asked: if she will provide an update on any plans to try to match up local people with local projects in construction, particularly if these construction projects are funded out of the Exchequer or by Sta...More Button

Was asked: if she will provide an update regarding her need to match up unemployed trades people with construction projects in their local area, particularly projects funded out of the Exchequer or funded by ...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the need for her to ensure that unemployed trades people are matched up with vacancies on construction projects in their area, particularly ones funded by the Exc...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 265, 277 and 282 together.More Button

Unemployed trades people on the Live Register have access to the services of the DSP Employment Service (recently transferred from FÁS to the Department), either by voluntary contact with th...More Button

Notification of vacancies to the employment service is a matter for the employer concerned. The number of skilled building jobs notified to the service has been running at very low levels, having ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Insurance

Was asked: the amount of money generated in revenue from pay related social insurance. More Button

I understand that the Deputy is specifically referring to PRSI revenue in 2011. The total received in PRSI in 2011 was €7,540 million. This total, which is net of the National Training Fund L...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan may expect to receive due holiday pay in addition to the redundancy payment from the social insurance fund which they have already received. More Button

A claim in relation to minimum notice and arrears of holiday pay under the Insolvency payment scheme was submitted manually on behalf of the person concerned on 5 July 2011 by the Receiver. These c...More Button

In addition, an on line claim under the Insolvency payment scheme was received from the Receiver on behalf of the person concerned in February 2012 in respect of a Rights Commissioners Award under ...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Website

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to any technical difficulties with the FÁS website in the recent past; if as a result persons were unable to apply for public positions in the Limerick area; ...More Button

The IT Department with responsibility for the FÁS website have informed me that they are not aware of any technical problems with the FÁS website in the recent past. I understand tha...More Button

Written Answers - Job Application Deadlines

Was asked: if FÁS is obliged to put closing dates for receipt of applications for jobs when advertising on their website. More Button

Employers are not obliged to put closing dates for receipt of applications for jobs when advertising on the FÁS Jobs Ireland website. Specifying a closing date for receipt of applications i...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: if her attention had been drawn to the fact a recent survey of 1,421 former community employment scheme participants found that 54% had found employment or moved into further education; and if she ...More Button

The FÁS Planning and Research Department, approximately every two years, commissions independent consultants to undertake a follow-up survey of a representative sample of those who left F&Aa...More Button

The most recent survey was carried out at the end of last year of a representative sample of former participants who left FÁS programmes over the period June to September 2010. The survey wi...More Button

With regard to the Community Employment programme specifically; the following was the labour market position of former participants at the time of the survey (i.e. 13-18 months after leaving the pr...More Button

As such, 54% of CE participants had positive outcomes in the sense that they were either employed or progressed to other training or employment programmes over a year after finishing the programme.More Button

I have always supported the CE programme as it has achieved the objectives that it was set up for and benefits both communities and participants. Progression to employment and education/training c...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a community employment scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3. 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).More Button

Persons engaged on the Tús, Springboard or JobBridge programmes, or receiving Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) may not avail of spousal swap option for CE (to allow their spouse on CE) for...More Button

Time spent on Tús, Springboard, JobBridge or Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) will not count towards the qualifying period for eligibility to CE.More Button

The person concerned was in receipt of Jobseekers 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 of one o...More Button

As she is currently not in receipt of any of the above payments, she does not meet the eligibility criteria to be considered for a place on a Community Employment Scheme.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a community employment scheme placement in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny will be allowed to complete their time on the community employment scheme placement they were granted in view of the fact that it was a departmenta...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 280 and 283 together. More Button

The eligibility criteria for a person to complete one year on community employment requires the person to be over 25 years and in receipt of a qualifying payment from the Department of Social Prot...More Button

The eligibility criteria for a person to complete in excess of one year on community employment requires that a person be in receipt of a qualifying payment and or participation on community employ...More Button

A person in receipt of a disability payment from the Department of Social Protection is required to be in receipt of a qualifying payment for a minimum of 26 weeks.More Button

This person was in receipt of a payment from the Department for 79 continuous weeks prior to commencement on the programme and is thus only eligible for 52 weeks and participation will terminate in...More Button

There was no Departmental error in this case as the employer of this person was made fully aware of the eligibility of the person prior to their commencement on the scheme.More Button

The person concerned should contact their local employment service office, in October 2012 to discuss other options that may be available to them.More Button

Was asked: if she will report on the outcome of the review of a community employment scheme operated by a company (details supplied) and the recommendations in relation to the current and future funding of th...More Button

Following reductions in the Training and Materials Grant on Community Employment (CE), as announced in Budget, an initial review of the financial resources of all schemes was undertaken. Standard ...More Button

The outcome of the review will inform the overall approach to be taken by the Department in relation to how to secure the best outcome for CE schemes and for their participants taking account both ...More Button

The purpose of the review is to examine the income and funding of sponsoring organisations in terms of their ability to continue to deliver the programme. It is also being carried out in the conte...More Button

The review will also seek to establish if income is generated by scheme activity and the potential for its utilisation of these funds to cover project costs.More Button

Following on from changes to the training and materials grant for CE schemes announced in Budget 2012, a commitment has been made that no CE scheme will close pending the completion of this review.More Button

The review is currently nearing completion and CE Schemes will be advised of the outcome directly.More Button

Written Answers - Disability Allowance

Was asked: the position regarding a social protection appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; 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: the position regarding eligibility for disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I confirm that the Department is in receipt of an application for disability allowance from the above named person. On completion of the necessary investigations on all aspects of the claim a decis...More Button

Was asked: when an appeal for disability allowance will be decided in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; the reason for the delay in processing this appeal; and if she will make a statemen...More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all the evidence, disallowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary decision.More Button

Under Social Welfare legislation, the decision of the Appeals Officer is final and conclusive and may only be reviewed by the Appeals Officer in the light of new evidence or new facts.More Button

Following the submission of additional evidence the Appeals Officer has agreed to review the case. The person concerned will be contacted when the review of his appeal has been finalised.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

Written Answers - Citizens Information Services

Was asked: when the Citizens Information Office in Dunboyne, County Meath, will reopen; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Meath Citizens Information Service (CIS) is funded through the Citizens Information Board to provide information, advice and advocacy to the citizens of Co. Meath. There are three full-time office...More Button

In March of this year, a decision was made by the Board of Meath CIS to suspend the Dunboyne outreach service which was provided on a 3 hours per week basis in the Rehab Care Centre. The decision ...More Button

CIS will continue to provide targeted information sessions to local groups and communities where a need has been identified or to meet specific requests.More Button

Written Answers - Carer’s Allowance

Was asked: the steps she will take to deal with the problem of backlog in the processing of carer’s allowance applications (details supplied). More Button

The Department is committed to delivering the best possible service to its customers. In the interests of fairness and equity applications are processed, as far as possible, in order of the date o...More Button

A major service delivery modernisation project is underway to address the large increase in the claim-load and to improve the efficiency of administration of the carer’s allowance scheme. Thi...More Button

Accurate processing time figures are not available at present as applications are still being processed on both the old and the new computer systems. The average time to award an application at pre...More Button

In addition to the deployment of new systems which should address service levels in the medium term, the Department is allocating additional resources in the form of overtime working to help reduce...More Button

In the meantime, if a person’s means are insufficient to meet their needs while awaiting a decision on an application, they may apply for a means-tested supplementary welfare allowance payment.More Button

Question No. 273 withdrawn.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive a decision on their carer’s allowance application. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 6 February 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

Written Answers - Invalidity Pension

Was asked: when an appeal for the grant of invalidity pension will be determined 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 an appeal, by the person concerned, was registered in that office on 15th March 2012. 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. 275 withdrawn.More Button

Was asked: if she will confirm the medical assessment examination that was undertaken by her Department in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow regarding his claim for invalidity pension; i...More Button

The application for invalidity pension, by the person concerned, was disallowed by a Deciding Officer following a medical assessment by a Medical Assessor of the Department who expressed the opinio...More Button

In the light of the second medical opinion and in accordance with statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Off...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. 282 answered with Question No. 265.More Button

Question No. 283 answered with Question No. 280.More Button

Question No. 284 answered with Question No. 276.More Button

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

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal from the person concerned was received on 27th April 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevan...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 review will take place of the decision to disallow an application for invalidity pension in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if this representation will be accepted a...More Button

Invalidity pension is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the contribution conditions. More Button

This department received a claim for invalidity pension for the person concerned. The medical evidence provided by the claimant in support of his claim was examined by a medical assessor who was o...More Button

If the person concerned has any additional or supplementary medical evidence which was not already submitted in support of his claim, he may request a review of the decision by sending the addition...More Button

If he has no additional medical evidence for submission, he may make an appeal in writing to the Social Welfare Appeals Office as soon as possible, clearly stating the grounds for his appeal and en...More Button

Was asked: when an appeal hearing in relation to a refusal of an application for invalidity pension will be held in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath and if same can now 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 14 April 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

Written Answers - Rent Supplement

Was asked: if she will consider the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who is due a backdated payment of rent supplement at the end of the month: if payment will be made urgently; and if sh...More Button

Was asked: if she will consider the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who is due a backdated payment of rent supplement at the end of the month; if it will be paid immediately; and if she ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 276 and 284 together. More Button

In order to alleviate the financial concerns of the person concerned, the Department has made an exceptional needs payment for the month of April. A payment for May cannot be issued in advance and...More Button

Question No. 277 answered with Question No. 265.More Button

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

The Department suspended the rent supplement payment of the person concerned as he changed address without informing our office. No application has yet to be received in relation to his new address...More Button

Was asked: the reason rent allowance has not been paid for three consecutive months in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow. More Button

Rent Supplement was temporarily suspended due to the failure of the person concerned to reduce their rent to the prescribed limits. The person concerned has now reduced her rent accordingly. In or...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding rent allowance and housing in respect of separated persons (details supplied); her view on same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. 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

Written Answers - Money Advice and Budgeting Service

Was asked: his views on a [405]statement by the Money Advice and Budgeting Services stating that almost all households dependant on social welfare payments cannot live a dignified ...More Button

I am aware of the ongoing research of the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice on minimum essential budgets for selected household types. I met with representatives of the partnership when th...More Button

MABS has worked with the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice and other organisations involved in supporting families with money difficulties over several years to develop an improved unders...More Button

The recently launched on-line Minimum Income Standard Calculator makes the work of the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice readily accessible to the general public, and readily applicable to...More Button

The ongoing research by the Vincentian Partnership, one of a number of research models , presents useful information which is studied with interest by my Department in the context of Budget formu...More Button

Written Answers - Domiciliary Care Allowance

Was asked: if any child over the age of three years is non-verbal has been found either on initial application or on review to be ineligible for domiciliary care allowance; and if so the number of such childr...More Button

The Department is not in a position to provide a breakdown of the applications received and applications reviewed based on medical diagnosis. However, if the Deputy has any specific case or cases ...More Button

Was asked: if she will publish the protocols governing decision making under the domiciliary care allowance scheme. More Button

In advance of the transfer of the domiciliary care allowance (DCA) scheme to the Department, an expert medical group was established to agree a set of consistent and objective guidelines for use na...More Button

Was asked: the position regard[413]ing domiciliary care allowance (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Customers who have their entitlement to domiciliary care allowance (DCA) reviewed are asked to provide relevant up-to-date medical evidence and details of the additional care needs of their child w...More Button

Where payment is stopped as a result of a review, the parent or guardian is invited to submit any further information they may wish to have considered and that information is further examined by a ...More Button

Was asked: when domiciliary care allowance will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 27 October 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: her views on the fact that parents are receiving domiciliary care allowance review letters signed by the anonymous DCA section rather than being assigned to a contact name; if she will ensure that ...More Button

I can assure the Deputy that all correspondence issuing from the Department’s domiciliary care allowance section contains the staff member’s name and their contact details.More Button

Was asked: if there has been a directive to refuse the domiciliary care allowance to families. More Button

Domiciliary care allowance (DCA) is now in payment in respect of 26,000 children, an increase of over 3,000 since the Department took over responsibility for the scheme from the HSE in April 2009. ...More Button

There has been no directive issued to staff to refuse the domiciliary care allowance to families. In line departmental practice on all social welfare schemes, DCA cases are routinely reviewed wher...More Button

In a very small number of cases where customers have not returned information or made contact with the Department, payments have been suspended. Payments have been restored in these cases when the...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Rights

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

In February 2012 on line claims were received from the Receiver, on behalf of 40 former employees of the firm to which the Deputy refers. These claims were in respect of Rights Commissioners Award...More Button

Written Answers - Free Travel Schemes

Was asked: the number of people in receipt of a free travel pass for each of the past five years; if she will provide the numbers who are recipients of carer’s allowance, invalidity pension and disabili...More Button

A table detailing the number of recipients of a free travel pass for each of the past five years follows. The table also details the number of free travel pass recipients who were in receipt of car...More Button

Free Travel RecipientsMore Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when an appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be dealt with; 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 16 August 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that 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: the position regarding an appeal hearing in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer having fully considered all the available evidence, including that adduced at oral hearing, disallowed the appeal of the pe...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

Written Answers - Insolvency Payments Scheme

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question Number 544 on Wednesday 18 April 2012, when a decision will issue on this application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if she will mak...More Button

As detailed in my response to Parliamentary Question number 544 (which was answered on 18 April 2012) a claim under the insolvency payments scheme was submitted manually on behalf of the person con...More Button

Notwithstanding this, the Liquidator resubmitted an on line claim on behalf of the person concerned in April 2012. The Department is currently processing on line claims submitted in February 2012. ...More Button

Was asked: when an insolvency payment will be granted in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Louth; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A claim under the Insolvency payment scheme was submitted manually on behalf of the person concerned on 22 September 2011 in respect of arrears of wages. The Department is currently processing man...More Button

Written Answers - Jobseeker’s Allowance

Was asked: the position regarding an application for social welfare in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for jobseeker’s allowance from the person concerned has been awarded and all arrears due have been paid.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal for jobseeker’s allowance 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 10 February 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

Written Answers - Rent Supplement Scheme

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

The person concerned was refused rent supplement on the 21st of February 2012. Her rent is far in excess of the prescribed limits. The person concerned recently resubmitted another application bu...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: the position regrading an application for redundancy in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; when the application was submitted; and when it is likely that payment will issue. More Button

A redundancy lump sum claim in respect of the person concerned was received on 8 September 2011. Redundancy lump sum claims received in August 2011 are currently being processed so it is expected ...More Button

Written Answers - National Internship Scheme

Was asked: the operation of JobBridge scheme in Cork City and Cork County, the number of companies currently and previously participating in the scheme; the number of internships offered; the number of partic...More Button

The National Internship Scheme was launched on 1 July 2011. It provides internship opportunities of either 6 or 9 months for unemployed individuals on the Live Register, at all skills levels. The a...More Button

Written Answers - Regulatory Impact Assessments

Was asked: the number and description of any regulatory impact assessments that have been undertaken by her Department on legislation or proposed legislation since 9 March 2011; the stage in the legislative p...More Button

My Department carried out one regulatory impact analysis (RIA) during the period in question, following a Government decision in October 2011, in relation to the proposed changes to defined benefit...More Button

The RIA was split into two parts: Part 1 dealt with the changes to the defined benefit model and in particular the proposal to introduce a risk reserve into the funding standard; Part 2 dealt with ...More Button

The RIA was published on the Department’s website and made available to all deputies in advance of the publication of the Bill. It is available at:More Button

http://www.welfare.ie/EN/Policy/Legislation/Regulatory%20Impact%20Analysis/Documents/riapension.pdfMore Button

The RIA process attempts to clarify the relevant factors for decision-making through the comprehensive and systematic compilation of relevant information. When considering legislative measures with...More Button

RIAs are normally used within the Department where significant legislative changes are proposed, rather than smaller changes to existing social welfare schemes which may take place each year. Exam...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: if she will consider reviewing the decision to extend the age whereby a citizen can access a pension at age 66 years; if he will confirm that public servants who are due to retire this year aged 65...More Button

I would like to re-iterate the policy background to the necessary changes to State Pension provision. With increases in life expectancy, more people are living to pension age and living longer in r...More Button

The Social Welfare and Pensions Act, 2011 provides that State pension age will be increased gradually to 68 years. This will begin in 2014 with the standardisation of the State pension age at 66. ...More Button

There are no plans to change the dates of implementation.More Button

In relation to State pension, there are two main contributory State pension schemes — the State pension (transition) and the State pension (contributory). The State pension (transition) is p...More Button

With effect from 1 January 2014, the State pension (transition) will be abolished and accordingly, people who retire on reaching age 65 between now and then may apply and qualify for the State pens...More Button

The conditions of retirement for public servants are the responsibility of my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Public service pensioners who are due to retire this year at...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Certification Fees

Was asked: if she has finalised proposals to seek a reduction in the cost of funding medical certification fees; if she will provide the details of those proposals that were prepared by her Department post-bu...More Button

Was asked: if the 10% reduction in medical fees announced in budget 2012 has been applied; if she will confirm that the fee of €8.25 for a standard medical certificate has been reduced by €0.825 to ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 310 and 311 together. More Button

As part of Budget 2012, it was announced that a reduction of 10% in the administrative cost of medical certification would be achieved this year.More Button

This is being achieved through a reduction in the number of medical certificates that doctors are required to issue.More Button

The frequency of certification by a person’s doctor has been reduced in cases where a person’s medical condition is deemed such that less frequent certification is appropriate.More Button

At this stage, it is not proposed to implement a rate reduction as rates have remained unchanged since July 2003.More Button

Written Answers - Dental and Optical Benefit Scheme

Was asked: the reduction on fees paid to dentists and opticians since 2009 under the treatment benefit scheme; the annual saving realised from those measures; the specific itemised fees currently paid to dent...More Button

The Dental and Optical Benefit schemes have been limited to the provision of free dental and optical examinations since 1 January 2010. Treatments previously covered under the schemes, such as fil...More Button

The total annual fees and savings are detailed below (2009, as the last year before the schemes were reduced, is used as the reference point):More Button

The projected spend on the Dental benefit scheme in 2012 is approximately €8.5 million, with €3.4 million expected to be spent on the optical scheme.More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: the appointments made by her to State boards under the remit of her Department since March 2011 that were advertised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Social Welfare TribunalMore Button

The Social Welfare Tribunal consists of a Chairperson and four ordinary members, two on the nomination of Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and two nominated by Irish Business and Employers Con...More Button

Citizens Information BoardMore Button

I have made two appointments to the Citizens Information Board since coming into office.More Button

Mr. Eugene McErlean was appointed with effect from 7 September 2011. This followed a public request for expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced individuals announced in Jul...More Button

On 1 November 2011, I appointed Ms. Fiona Ward as a member and as she is the Department’s representative on the board, the vacancy was not publically advertised.More Button

There are currently two vacancies on the Citizens Information Board and appointments will be made from the responses received following a public request for expressions of interest in July 2011.More Button

Pensions BoardMore Button

I have made no appointments to the Pensions Board since coming into office. There are currently two vacancies on the Pensions Board. No decision has been made on advertising these vacancies, pend...More Button