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Doherty, Regina

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

State Pensions

Was asked: when the review of State pensions paid to pensioners who took time to care for children will be completed; when increases in the rate of payment due to these pensioners will be awarded; and if she ...More Button

Since late September 2018, my Department has been examining the social insurance records of approximately 90,000 pensioners, born on or after 1 September 1946, who have a reduced rate State pension...More Button

Wherever possible, reviews will be processed based on information already held by the Department.  Where additional information is required about gap periods in a person's social insurance record...More Button

Reviews commenced from 13 February 2019, the day after I signed the necessary Regulations which, together with provisions in the Social Welfare, Pensions and Civil Registrations Act 2018, allows ...More Button

Regardless of when a review is conducted, where an increase in payment is due, the person's rate of payment will be adjusted without delay and arrears issued backdated to 30 March 2018, or the pe...More Button

It will take a number of months to complete the reviews due to the numbers involved and the individual nature of social insurance records.  This work will continue until all identified pensioners...More Button

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

Pensions Reform

Was asked: the rationale for the decision to increase the pension age to 67 years of age in 2021 and 68 years of age in 2028; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is well known that people are living longer lives.  For example, based on CSO figures, a 65 year old man in 1996 would have had life expectancy of 13.8 years (i.e. they could expect, on average,...More Button

As a result of this demographic trend, the number of State pension recipients is increasing year on year.  This has significant implications for the future costs of State pension provision which ...More Button

This trend is not expected to cease.  In the coming decades, the ratio of people of working age to pensioners is set to halve, from about five workers for each pensioner, to about two and a half ...More Button

The purpose of changes to the State pension age is to make the pension system more sustainable in the context of increasing life expectancy.  If there is no change in State pension age, the propo...More Button

This sustainability is vital, if the current workers, who fund State pension payments through their PRSI, are to receive a pension themselves when they reach retirement age.  Therefore, the Socia...More Button

Jobseekers Benefit is payable subject to the person satisfying the general scheme conditions.  This entitlement is normally paid for 9 months (234 days) for people with 260 or more PRSI contribut...More Button

It is important to remember that there is no legally mandated retirement age in the State, and the age at which employees retire is a matter for the contract of employment between them and their ...More Button

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

JobPath Data

Was asked: the number of persons who have been referred to JobPath for a second and third time. More Button

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection provides a range of activation supports catering for long-term unemployed jobseekers and those most distant from the labour market to secu...More Button

My Department selects clients for the JobPath service by means of a random selection process. Protocols for selection currently preclude the selection of anyone who has already completed 52 weeks...More Button

To date, just over 23,900 jobseekers have commenced a second engagement period with the service, having previously availed of the service and 92 people have commenced a third engagement period. More Button

Jobseekers referred for a subsequent referral will start working with a Personal Advisor who will review their development during their previous engagements with the service and together they wil...More Button

Public Sector Pensions

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has not received increases to their pension; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy  refers to Public Sector Pensions.  This is therefore not a matter for my Department and is proper to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.  The D...More Button

Community Employment Schemes Supervisors

Was asked: the steps she is taking to address the fact that community employment scheme supervisors have not received a pay rise in over ten years; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

CE scheme supervisors are employees of private companies in the community and voluntary sector that receive public funding.  They are not employees of my Department or public servants.

&n...More Button

European Labour Authority

Was asked: her plans to seek the location of the new European labour authority here; the resources that will be committed to the campaign to achieve same; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In February, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the Commission's proposal to establish a European Labour Authority (ELA).  The ELA, ...More Button

Invalidity Pension Applications

Was asked: if an invalidity pension application by a person (details supplied) will be expedited.More Button

Social Insurance

Was asked: her plans to reform social protection for the self-employed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Programme for Government includes a commitment to introduce an enhanced PRSI scheme for the self-employed as part of the Government's policy of making work pay and encouraging self-employment a...More Button

Job Initiatives

Was asked: if the Seetec service is the most relevant service for professional actors.More Button

All Jobseekers on the Live Register must be capable of, available for and actively seeking full-time employment, they are also required to engage with the Department's activation services. The Soci...More Button

JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed, including those working part time and those at risk of becoming long-term unemployed, to secure and ...More Button

All long term unemployed jobseekers on the Live Register are eligible for selection for the JobPath service and clients are chosen by means of a random selection process.More Button

JobPath provides an intensive personal service which focuses on the skills and experience of each person.  In the case of clients already in part-time employment, or who take up a short term empl...More Button

Jobseekers referred to the JobPath service who are also working  casually or in part-time positions will have all activities including meetings with their personal advisor scheduled around their ...More Button

For those people who take up occasional work when engaged with JobPath, the service will offer in-work support and they will not be required to attend with their personal advisor until the employ...More Button

If the Deputy has a concern regarding a particular individual, she should advise the person to contact his or her local Intreo Centre to discuss the specific circumstances. More Button

I trust this clarifies matters for the Deputy.More Button

Domiciliary Care Allowance Review

Was asked: the status of a survey carried out in 2018 by her Department of parents on domiciliary care allowance in relation to potentially increasing the disability allowance age from 16 to 18 years of age a...More Button

Departmental Contracts Data

Was asked: the State contracts awarded to a company (details supplied) over the past seven years; and the contracts delivered according to the original contract.More Button

There were no contracts awarded by my Department over the past seven years to the company detailed in the question.More Button

Youth Unemployment

Was asked: the estimated cost in the first year and the full-year cost of a proposal (details supplied). More Button

The Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS) was introduced on Monday 1st October 2018 and has been open to applications from that date.

  The YESS is a work exper...More Button

Family Law Cases

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) can rely on €30 per week maintenance payment, as decided by the courts, from a spouse who has left the area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The issue of maintenance payments is first and foremost a private matter for the persons concerned, and if they cannot resolve the problem, then for the Courts Service through Family Law provisions...More Button

Social Welfare Benefits Eligibility

Was asked: when child benefit and-or one parent family allowance is payable in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person concerned submitted a child benefit (CB) application on the 25th of January 2019.  As she indicated on her application form that she had not entered employment since her arrival in Irela...More Button

The person has since provided information to her local Intreo Centre - in relation to a One Parent Family (OFP) claim - to say that she had entered employment in Ireland since her arrival in Nove...More Button

A decision was made to award OFP based on the information from the statement that she had entered employment in Ireland following her arrival in the State in November 2018.  However, subsequent e...More Button

Her CB application is currently under review and correspondence issued to her on 9 April seeking clarification in relation to her stated employment.  Once this information is received a decision ...More Button

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