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Burton, Joan

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Mortgage Resolution Processes

Was asked: the reason the new mortgage advisory service is confined to accountants; her plans to open up the service to financial brokers in view of the fact that they are specifically qualified to provide fi...More Button

Was asked: the reason the new advisory service for mortgage holders in difficulty has been confined to accountants; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if she will consider the inclusion of financial brokers in the range of professionals to provide advice through the new advisory service for borrowers in mortgage distress in view of the fact that ...More Button

Was asked: if she will provide an update in the role in the new advisory service for mortgage holders in difficulty, of insurance brokers and independent financial advisors that are regulated by the Central B...More Button

Was asked: the rationale for the exclusion of independent financial brokers who are regulated by the Central Bank and operate to a high standard from taking part in the advisory service for persons experienci...More Button

Was asked: if she will clarify the person's who may become a member of the panel of advisors of the new independent advisory service for mortgage holders; if her attention has been drawn to concerns among pro...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 186, 232, 244, 252, 257 and 261 together.

  I recently announced a three-phased approach to establishing a comprehensive Mortgage Arrears Informa...More Button

Farm Assist Scheme Applications

Was asked: if it is correct that a pension fund is deemed as income in a means assessment for farm assist in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo in view of the fact that this person will not...More Button

The person concerned was assessed with weekly means of €289 derived from farm income of €14.87 and capital of €274 from savings and a pension fund which is available to him currently. The encashme...More Button

Carer's Allowance Applications

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their application for carer’s allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I confirm that the department is in receipt of an application for carer’s allowance from the person in question. The application will be processed as quickly as possible and when a decision is made...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their application for carer's allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I confirm that the department is in receipt of an application for carer’s allowance from the person in question. The application will be processed as quickly as possible and when a decision is made...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County will receive a decision on their application for carer's allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I confirm that the department is in receipt of an application for carer’s allowance from the person in question. The application will be processed as quickly as possible and when a decision is made...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their review application for carer’s allowance; if this case was assessed by a medical assessor; and if she will make a st...More Button

I confirm that the department is in receipt of an application for carer's allowance from the person in question. In June of this year the person concerned submitted additional medical evidence in s...More Button

Illness Benefit Appeals

Was asked: if she will expedite an appeal on an application for illness benefit 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 appeal from the person concerned was examined by a Medical Assessor of the Department of Social Protection who was of the opinion that he w...More Button

Domiciliary Care Allowance Review

Was asked: when the review group on domiciliary care allowance is due to report back; if she will reassure recipients of domiciliary care allowance who are worried about the implications of any possible cuts ...More Button

The working group is due to report on the review of the domiciliary care allowance scheme by the end of December 2012. More Button

The group’s terms of reference include the review of the following; the policy objectives of the scheme, the administrative, medical assessment and appeals processes and the medical guidelines fo...More Button

It would not be appropriate to comment on the potential recommendations of the group until they have completed their work and their report has been duly considered. The Deputy should note that n...More Button

Disability Allowance Application Numbers

Was asked: the number of recipients of disability allowance for each of the past twenty four months in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is in the tabular statement.

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National Internship Scheme Data

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that a job advertised under the jobbridge programme (details supplied) which could be wrongly interpreted as a full-time paid position upon initial exami...More Button

JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme, provides internship opportunities of either 6 or 9 months for unemployed individuals on the Live Register, in organisations operating in the private, publ...More Button

The scheme has made significant progress to-date. Our records indicate that a significant proportion of individuals have progressed into employment across various occupations/ disciplines on com...More Button

All internships advertised on the JobBridge website clearly state “This is an internship. An allowance of €50 per week will be paid in addition to your current social welfare payment. See eligi...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons now taking part in the jobBridge programme; the number of participants on the programme who have gone on to obtain full-time employment; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

The National Internship Scheme provides internship opportunities of either 6 or 9 months for unemployed individuals in organisations in the private, public and community voluntary sectors and at pr...More Button

Social Welfare Appeals Status

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that a person (details supplied) in Dublin 16 is waiting six months on a social welfare appeal; if she will ensure that they receive a decision shortly; ...More Button

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will be facilitated; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Further to my response to Parliamentary Question No. 746 on 18th September 2012, I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that there is no update to the information given p...More Button

Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: if she will outline in tabular form the number and percentage of women and men on State boards under the aegis of her Department in each of the past seven years; if she will provide the most up to ...More Button

The State boards currently under the aegis of the Department of Social Protection are the Citizens Information Board, the Social Welfare Tribunal and the Pensions Board. Other State boards which w...More Button

Redundancy Rebates

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

A redundancy rebate claim for the employer concerned has recently been awarded. Payment will be issued by cheque shortly.More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Applications

Was asked: the position regarding rent allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person concerned has lodged an application for Rent Supplement indicating that he has access to his child and is paying rent of €850.00 monthly. The child’s housing need is met by his primary ...More Button

Pension Provisions

Was asked: if and when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will qualify for state pension; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Department is unable to provide forecasts for people in relation to their possible future State pension (transition/contributory) entitlements, or to comment on individual pension planning enqu...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare qualifies for old age pension; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is not possible for a person to qualify for State pension (contributory) on the basis of their spouse’s PRSI record.

  The person concerned does not satisfy the qualifying con...More Button

Was asked: The number of women applicants who applied unsuccessfullys for the State contributory pension and were refused a pension based on changes to rules that were introduced this September.; and if she w...More Button

The change in relation to State pension (contributory), introduced in legislation from 1st September 2012, sets out a wider graduation of yearly average bands and corresponding pens...More Button

Student Support Schemes Issues

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 10 will be given permission to finish their course work on placement; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Department has no record of the person concerned undertaking course work on placement.More Button

Domiciliary Care Allowance Applications

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

Following a review of the medical evidence in this case, the person concerned was found to be eligible for the domiciliary care allowance. The claims is in payment and all arrears due have issued.More Button

Domiciliary Care Allowance Appeals

Was asked: when a decision on a domiciliary care scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) was received on the 21st May 2012. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who found that the child was not m...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a review of a domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; when a decision will be made; and if she will make a statement on the ma...More Button

An application for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) was received from the person concerned on the 8th June 2012. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who foun...More Button

As part of the appeal process, the case has been forwarded to another of the Department's Medical Assessors for further consideration, including a review of any new information supplied. Upon re...More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme Applications

Was asked: the reason persons with Fibromyalgia, despite submitting all relevant medical paperwork, are been refused on the basis of a desk assessment.More Button

Fibromyalgia is accepted as a certifiable medical condition. Eligibility to the various illness related schemes is determined by its severity and expected duration.

  The medical...More Button

Social Welfare Overpayments

Was asked: the way it has occurred that an alleged overpayment was made in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Following a review of this case an overpayment was assessed as it was established that the person concerned had failed to notify the Department of a change in her circumstances.More Button

One-Parent Family Payment Applications

Was asked: if and when one parent family allowance will be paid in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if she will review the decision to cease payment under this scheme; and if she wil...More Button

The one parent family application of the person concerned is being processed, and she will be informed of the outcome once this process is completed. The person concerned submitted a written reques...More Button

Invalidity Pension Appeals

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision in relation to their application for invalidity pension; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: if she will provide an update on a review for an invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; 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 23 November 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal against the decision to refuse an application for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement o...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 on 4 October 2012. T...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an 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 the appeal from the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing in this case on 1 October 2012. T...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for an invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford and the ensuing appeal; 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 06 January 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that ...More Button

Was asked: if and when an appeal for invalidity pension will be determined in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if she will allow an oral hearing in this instance; and if she will mak...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.

  An invalidity pen...More Button

  Question No. 257 answered with Question No. 186.More Button

Child Benefit Payments

Was asked: the number of recipients of child benefit who are also in receipt of a social welfare payment, including family income supplement, and the percentage that they compose of the child benefit budget.More Button

Was asked: the number of the child benefit budget allocated to those who are not recipients of social welfare payments, including family income supplement.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 209 and 210 together.

  The information requested by the Deputy is not routinely collated by my Department. However, I am informed that on the 3...More Button

Redundancy Payments

Was asked: when a redundancy payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary who submitted their claim approximately two months ago; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application for a redundancy lump sum payment in respect of the person concerned has recently been authorised and payment will issue shortly directly to the person’s bank account.More Button

Was asked: the current waiting time for an application for redundancy payment;; the number of applicants currently waiting for their redundancy payment application to be processed; and if she will make a stat...More Button

There are approximately 8,500 redundancy payment applications on hand awaiting processing at present. These include both rebate and lump sums claims.More Button

Where lump sum claims have been correctly submitted on-line, the processing target of 6 to 8 weeks is currently being achieved. There are some cases, for example, where a query arose and the Dep...More Button

The Department is currently processing correctly submitted on-line applications for rebate payments received in May 2012. It is acknowledged, however, that there are several hundred cases which ...More Button

Social Welfare Benefits Waiting Times

Was asked: the current waiting time for an application for jobseeker's benefit; the number of applicants currently waiting for their jobseeker's benefit application to be processed; and if she will make a sta...More Button

Was asked: the current waiting time for an application for jobseeker's allowance; the number of applicants currently waiting for their jobseeker's allowance application to be processed; and if she will make a...More Button

Was asked: the current waiting time for an application for one parent family payment; the number of applicants currently waiting for their one parent family payment application to be processed; and if she wil...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 215, 216 and 220 together.More Button

Processing times vary across schemes because of both the volume of applications and the differing qualification criteria. For example, means assessments are required for all of the social assist...More Button

The average processing time for claims decided in August 2012 was 2.3 weeks for jobseekers benefit, 4.5 weeks for jobseekers allowance and 12.2 weeks for one parent family payment. This is the av...More Button

The number of claims pending decision at week ending 16 September was 6,523 jobseekers benefit, 22,753 jobseekers allowance and 3,625 one-parent family payment.More Button

Was asked: the current waiting time for an application for mortgage interest supplement; the number of applicants currently waiting for their mortgage interest supplement application to be processed; and if s...More Button

Was asked: the current waiting time for an application for rent supplement; the number of applicants currently waiting for their rent supplement application to be processed; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 217 and 223 together.More Button

There are currently approximately 90,000 persons in receipt of rent supplement and 17,000 in receipt of mortgage interest supplement, for which the Government has provided a total of €487 million...More Button

A key objective of the transfer of the Community Welfare Service from the Health Service Executive to my Department on 1st October 2011 was to provide a streamlined, consistent and enhanced servi...More Button

The timescale for determining applications for rent and mortgage interest supplements is dependent, among other things, on the availability of the required information, such as details of the app...More Button

Statistics are not available on the length of time taken to assess rent and mortgage interest supplement applications or the number of applications awaiting a decision. The provision of a prompt ...More Button

I am satisfied that the Department’s staff dealing with these applications make every effort to ensure rent and mortgage interest supplement claims are processed in an efficient manner.More Button

Child Benefit Applications

Was asked: the current waiting time for an application for child benefit; the number of applicants currently waiting for their child benefit application to be processed; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Applications for Child Benefit may be dealt with either under domestic legislation or EU legislation. Claims made under domestic legislation are processed on average within three weeks of receipt....More Button

Claims made under EU legislation are processed within six months on average. This is due to the need for correspondence with other EU countries, which takes time. A total of 2,004 EU claims are ...More Button

Family Income Supplement Applications

Was asked: the current waiting time for an application for family income supplement; the number of applicants currently waiting for their family income supplement application to be processed; and if she will ...More Button

The Department is committed to providing a quality service to all its customers. This includes ensuring that applications are processed and that decisions on entitlement are made as quickly as pos...More Button

  Question No. 220 answered with Question No. 215.More Button

Illness Benefit Applications

Was asked: the current waiting time for an application for illness benefit; the number of applicants currently waiting for their illness benefit application to be processed; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

The current waiting time for an application for illness benefit is less than one week.

  As of 14th September 2012 a total of 1,921 applicants were awaiting a dec...More Button

Invalidity Pension Applications

Was asked: the current waiting time for an application for invalidity pension; the number of applicants currently waiting for their invalidity pension application to be processed; and if she will make a state...More Button

At the end of August 2012 there were 5802 Invalidity Pension (IP) claims registered and awaiting decision. Average time to award is currently 33 weeks, this includes the time taken to decide EU an...More Button

Since the introduction of the two year expiration of illness benefit there has been a significant increase in the number of IP claims received in the Department. A high percentage of these appli...More Button

Since June of this year, following an in-depth business process improvement project in the invalidity pension area, a targeted plan has been put in place to clear the backlog. The number of clai...More Button

The processing time for individual IP claims may vary in accordance with their relative complexity in terms of the qualifying criteria. In addition, factors outside the Department’s control can ...More Button

Customers waiting on a decision on their IP claim, who have urgent income support needs, can apply for the means tested supplementary welfare allowance (SWA).More Button

  Question No. 223 answered with Question No. 217.More Button

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

The person concerned subsequently submitted further medical evidence in support of his claim. This evidence has been forwarded to a different medical assessor for evaluation and a decision will ...More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Payments

Was asked: if she will investigate the following hardship case (details supplied) in Dublin 4.More Button

Rent allowance to the person concerned was overpaid due to non-disclosure of information pertinent to the calculation of her entitlement. My Department has recently written to the person concerned ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding 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 new maximum rent limits came into force on 1 January 2012. These new limits are in line with the most up to date market data available. The emphasis of the rent limit review was to ensure that ...More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: on what basis the rent allowance payable to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 13 is being reviewed.More Button

Rent Supplement which was being paid to the person concerned was subject to rent limit review. This review has now been completed and Rent Supplement has been reinstated.More Button

Was asked: the reason rent supplement has ceased in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; the reason the person they were not notified of the decision to withdraw their rent allowance.More Button

In the case of the person concerned, I am advised that the Department of Social Protection received a notification from the Environmental Health Officers of Dublin City Council stating that the pro...More Button

Carer's Allowance Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will be made on a review for a carer's allowance for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The carer’s allowance for the person in question was routinely reviewed in May 2012. Following assessment of the medical evidence provided by the person in support of their continuing eligibility,...More Button

Was asked: if an application for carer's allowance will be reviewed again based on submission of medical evidence in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if she will make a statement...More Button

This application was disallowed in May 2012 as the medical criteria were not satisfied. The person in question has requested a review of this decision and has submitted further medical evidence in ...More Button

Was asked: when will a person (details supplied) in County Mayo receive a decision on an appeal for carer's allowance; 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 11 September 2012. 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 welfar...More Button

Invalidity Pension Eligibility

Was asked: if and when invalidity pension will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.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. One of the contribution conditions fo...More Button

  Question No. 232 answered with Question No. 186.More Button

Was asked: the initial refusal rates for applications for invalidly pension in County Louth; or whatever geographical breakdown is available.More Button

For ease of reference the information requested is in tabular form:

INVALIDITY APPLICATIONS PROCESSED TO DATE 2012 FOR RESIDENTS OF COUNTY LOUTH .

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Private Rented Accommodation Standards

Was asked: the procedures regarding properties housing rent supplement recipients that fail environmental health inspections and the protections in place to ensure that recipients of rent supplement whose ren...More Button

The purpose of the rent supplement scheme is to provide short-term income support to assist with reasonable accommodation costs of eligible people living in private rented accommodation who are una...More Button

Standards for rented houses are set in regulations by the Minister of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Responsibility for enforcing these standards rests with the relevant housing...More Button

Back to Education Allowance Appeals

Was asked: if she will review a decision to refuse back to education allowance payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare.More Button

The decision to refuse an application for the back to education allowance from the person concerned has been reviewed. The decision has been upheld on the grounds that he was not in receipt of a qu...More Button

Disability Allowance Appeals

Was asked: if and when an appeal for disability allowance will be determined 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 applied for disability allowance on 2 December 2011. The medical evidence supplied with her claim was referred to one of the department’s medical assessors who was of the opini...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 19 June 2012. The Department was notified of this appeal also on 19 June 2...More Button

As part of the person’s appeals process, the department referred all the medical evidence received to a second medical assessor for review. When the deciding officer receives the opinion of the m...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive a decision on their appeal for disability allowance; 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 21st March 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appea...More Button

  Question No. 244 answered with Question No. 186.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford a further refusal of which would be unfair in view of medical evidence and history; and if s...More Button

The person concerned applied for disability allowance on 8 December 2011. The medical evidence supplied with her application was referred to one of the department’s medical assessors who was of th...More Button

The person subsequently forwarded further medical evidence in support of her application which was referred to a medical assessor. A decision will be made in due course on the review of the pers...More Button

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

The person concerned applied for disability allowance on 16 January 2012. The medical evidence supplied with her application was referred to one of the department’s medical assessors who was of th...More Button

  Question No. 252 answered with Question No. 186.More Button

Was asked: if a decision as been reached in the appeal against a decision to stop disability payments in respect of a person (details supplied)More Button

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

Disability Allowance Eligibility

Was asked: if she will facilitate a review of the refusal of disability allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person concerned applied for disability allowance on 5 June 2012. The medical evidence supplied with her application was referred to one of the department’s medical assessors who was of the opi...More Button

Sick Pay Scheme Expenditure

Was asked: his views regarding concerns of employers as outlined through representative organisations and many companies of varied size, small, medium and large in relation to proposals to impose sick pay cos...More Button

The Government is considering the introduction of a scheme of statutory sick pay at this time for a number of reasons – firstly, as a measure to help in addressing the growing deficit in the Social...More Button

I would like to assure the House that the range of complex issues that need to be addressed before any decision is taken by Government on the possible introduction of such a scheme, including th...More Button

Was asked: if a regulatory impact analysis has been or will be conducted on the sick pay proposals which she is considering on account of the uncertainty the proposals have created and the negative effects su...More Button

The government is considering the introduction of a scheme of statutory sick pay at this time for a number of reasons – chiefly as a measure to help in addressing the growing deficit in the Social ...More Button

I should point out that while I am acutely conscious of the pressures facing employers in the current economic climate, and the concerns expressed by small and medium sized enterprises in particu...More Button

Social Welfare Code Review

Was asked: her plans to protect young persons who have grown up in care and subsequently enter emergency accommodation, who discover they are unable to house themselves in private rented accommodation in view...More Button

The €100 rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance was introduced for claimants aged under 20 in April 2009, and this rate was applied to claimants aged up to 21 from December 2009. The €100 rate does not app...More Button

- claimants with a qualified child;More Button

- those transferring to Jobseeker's Allowance immediately after exhausting their entitlement to Jobseeker's Benefit;More Button

- those making a claim for Jobseeker's Allowance where that claim is linked to a Jobseeker's Allowance claim made within the previous 12 months to which the maximum personal rate applied;More Button

- those transferring directly to Jobseeker's Allowance from Disability Allowance andMore Button

- certain people who were in the care of the HSE during the period of 12 months before s/he reached the age of 18.More Button

A rate of €144 applies to claimants aged 22-24. The adoption of these measures reflected the need to encourage more young jobseekers to improve their skills by either pursuing further study or a...More Button

Receiving the full adult rate of a jobseeker’s payment without a strong financial incentive to engage in education or training can lead to welfare dependency. While many young people with low le...More Button

Where a person is in receipt of a rate of Jobseeker's Allowance described above and s/he participates in a course of education, training, community employment, rural social scheme or Tús, the ful...More Button

I understand that a number of Deputies have been contacted with regard to these measures following a campaign by Focus Ireland. My officials have engaged in constructive dialogue with Focus Irel...More Button

This information is currently being examined and my Department will engage in further discussions with Focus Ireland. These discussions will seek to achieve a satisfactory resolution of any issu...More Button

Anti-Poverty Strategy

Was asked: if she has abandoned the original targets to reduce consistent poverty; if new targets have been set; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Reducing and ultimately eliminating poverty is a fundamental aspiration of Irish society and the Programme for Government states that the elimination of poverty is an objective of this Government. ...More Button

Unemployment Benefits

Was asked: the numbers of persons in categories (details supplied) that are receiving unemployment benefit; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The distinction between different categories of teaching professionals and child care workers (Montessori teachers, primary teachers, qualified nursery staff, special needs assistants etc.), in rec...More Button

Departmental Staff Data

Was asked: if her Department still grants leave of absence; and if not, the reason this is not considered as a neutral cost saving exercise; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Staff in my Department remain entitled to leave of absences for career breaks.

  The granting of a leave of absence for a career break is, in the first instance, the responsibili...More Button

Farm Assist Scheme Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal for farm assist in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if she will outline any other entitlements they may have and if they qualify for jo...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 3rd   August 2012 and will be referred to an Appea...More Button

  Question No. 261 answered with Question No. 186.More Button


 

 

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