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Doherty, Regina

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Ministerial Meetings

Was asked: if she has recently met with her UK counterpart; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I met with the UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Right Honourable Esther McVey, on Monday 23 April 2018.

  My key area of concern is the impact of Brexit on the c...More Button

Social Welfare Benefits Applications

Was asked: if a carer's and domiciliary care allowance will be awarded to a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Carer's allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance payment made to a person who is habitually resident in the State and who is providing full-time care and attention to a person who has suc...More Button

Carer's Allowance Payments

Was asked: when arrears in respect of a carer's allowance will issue to a person (details supplied) in view of the fact the payment was first awarded on 12 April 2017; and if the details of same will be provi...More Button

Carer's allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance payment made to a person who is habitually resident in the State and who is providing full-time care and attention to a person who has suc...More Button

Jobseeker's Allowance Data

Was asked: the number of persons under 26 years of age on rates of jobseeker’s allowance of €198.00, €152.80 and €107.70 in tabular form.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons under 26 years of age on rates of jobseeker’s allowance other than €198.00, €152.80 and €107.70 in tabular form.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 204 and 205 together.

  The Deputy should note that all recipients of Jobseeker’s Allowance aged from 18 to 24 have a personal rate of €107.70, e...More Button

Jobseeker's Allowance Expenditure

Was asked: the expenditure required in a full financial year to restore persons under 26 years of age on the reduced rate of jobseeker’s allowance to the full weekly rate of €198.More Button

Was asked: the expenditure required in a full financial year to increase the jobseeker’s allowance payment for persons under 26 years of age on the €152.80 rate to €170.40 per week.More Button

Was asked: the expenditure required in a full financial year to increase the jobseeker’s allowance payment for persons under 26 years of age on the €107.70 rate to €150.35 per week.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 to 208, inclusive, together.More Button

The main social welfare schemes for people who are unemployed are the jobseeker’s allowance and jobseeker’s benefit schemes which provide income support for people who have lost work and are unab...More Button

In line with other EU and OECD jurisdictions where such measures feature, reduced rates for younger jobseeker’s allowance recipients were first introduced in 2009 and extended to those under 26 i...More Button

The reduced rates of jobseekers allowance do not apply to 18 -25 year olds with a qualified child, those making a claim for jobseekers allowance where that claim is linked to a jobseekers allowan...More Button

The total cost of expenditure required in a full financial year to restore people under 26 years of age on the reduced rate of jobseekers allowance to the full weekly rate of €198 would be approx...More Button

I have no plans for any further increases in rates at present and any such changes could only be considered in a budgetary context. More Button

Working Family Payment Data

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 429 of 1 May 2018, the number of the 3,423 families in receipt of WFP in the public sector in each area, section or department; and if she will make a statemen...More Button

Working Family Payment (WFP) formerly known as Family Income Supplement (FIS) is a weekly tax-free payment which provides additional income support to employees on low earnings with children.
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Disability Allowance Eligibility

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 433 of 1 May 2018, the position in relation to the obligation of parents to retain receipts of evidence of expenditure; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

Carer's Allowance Applications

Was asked: the status of a review of an application for carer’s allowance by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Carer's allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance payment made to a person who is habitually resident in the State and who is providing full-time care and attention to a person who has suc...More Button

Partial Capacity Benefit Scheme Appeals

Was asked: the status of a review of an application for partial capacity benefit by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Partial Capacity Benefit (PCB) is a social welfare scheme which allows claimants to return to work (if they have reduced capacity to work) and continue to receive a payment from my Department. To ...More Button

In the case referred to by the Deputy, my Department received an application for PCB on 3 August 2017. However, they were not, at that point, in receipt of Illness Benefit (for six months). Whil...More Button

I understand that the person concerned has appealed this decision to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO). When a determination is received from the SWAO the matter will be furth...More Button

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy. More Button

Partial Capacity Benefit Scheme Applications

Was asked: the status of a partial capacity benefit application for a person (details supplied); when a decision will be made; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Household Benefits Scheme

Was asked: the cost of increasing the monthly electricity allowance and the natural gas allowance by €10 per month per applicant; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The cost of increasing the monthly electricity allowance and the natural gas allowance by €10 per month per applicant is estimated to be €47.9 million and €5.9 million respectively. More Button

These costs are on a full year basis and are based on the estimated number of recipients in 2019. It should be noted that these costings are subject to change in the context of emerging trends a...More Button

Legislative Measures

Was asked: if legislative change will be brought forward to enable the Revenue Commissioners discretion in cases in which it allows for cash balance schemes to be exempted from purchasing annuities to also in...More Button

Section 48 of the Pensions Act sets out the priorities on winding up a scheme. It sets out the order in which the liabilities must be discharged and how they may be discharged for members. When a...More Button

Back to Education Allowance Eligibility

Was asked: the financial supports that are available to a person in receipt of a widowed pension that wants to pursue a postgraduate diploma through distance education in terms of course costs and living expe...More Button

The Back to Education Allowance scheme (BTEA) supports persons who have been in receipt of a social welfare payment, including the Widows, Widowers or Surviving Partners payments, to pursue full-ti...More Button

Departmental Reports

Was asked: when a report (details supplied) on local employment services and jobs clubs will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department commissioned Indecon to conduct a review of the Local Employment and Jobclub services. This review is the first significant independent review that has been commissioned since the Lo...More Button

My officials are currently working through the final report and it will be submitted to my office shortly. The findings will be discussed with the contractors and their observations sought. In ...More Button