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Coughlan, Mary

Thursday, 17 October 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 555 Nbr. 4


Written Answers. - Family Support Services.

Was asked: her plans to review the back to school clothing and footwear allowance to meet the increasing costs of the return to school for many families; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The back to school clothing and footwear allowance scheme is administered on behalf of my Department by the health boards. The scheme is designed to assist certain recipients of social welfare and ...More Button

Under this year's scheme an allowance of €80 is payable in respect of qualified children from two to 11 years and an allowance of €120 is payable in respect of qualified children from 12 ...More Button

In that regard, in Budget 2002 the income limit disregard for the back-to-school allowance was increased from £5 (€6.35) to €50 to the benefit of an estimated 8,000 children this ye...More Button

A working group is in the process of finalising a review of the back to school clothing and footwear scheme as part of my Department's series of programme evaluations. The review examined all aspec...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to concerns raised by a person (details supplied) in County Sligo; if their employment will be re-instated in view of the circumstances outlined; and if she will mak...More Button

The person referred to by the Deputy is a clerical officer who is currently on a career break from the Sligo offices of my Department. He has indicated that he wishes to return to work now that his...More Button

The conditions under which civil servants avail of career breaks stipulate that a person wishing to return to work at the end of their career break can only be facilitated where there is a fillable...More Button

In this instance, there are currently no fillable vacancies in the Sligo offices of my Department to which the person concerned can be assigned. As an interim measure, he has been offered an altern...More Button

A person whose career break has expired, may be entitled to unemployment payments for the period from the date of the expiry of the career break to the date on which they are requested to report fo...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Revenue.

Was asked: the details of the appropriation-in-aid raised by her Department in 2000 and 2001; her estimate for the outturn for 2002; and the percentage yearly increase in each subhead.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following tabular statement:More Button

Appropriations-in-Aid 2002 and 2002More Button

Was asked: the revenue from charges related to public services which her Department approves to be raised by agencies under her aegis, which are not included in appropriations in aid for 2000, 2001 and 2002.More Button

The information sought by the Deputy in relation to agencies operating under the aegis of my Department is as follows:–More Button

Pensions BoardMore Button

Fees are levied by the pensions board on occupational pension schemes and are intended to cover the costs incurred by the board in the regulation and monitoring of pension schemes.More Button

In addition, income is derived from the sale of publications.More Button

*EstimatedMore Button

ComhairleMore Button

The following amounts were raised by Comhairle from charges relating to subscriptions to its citizens information database and paper-based information files, training course fees and income from pu...More Button

Combat Poverty AgencyMore Button

The following amounts were raised by the agency from fees relating to seminar-conference and from sales of publications.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the total estimated cost of changes, including the dis-use of old stationery, the purchase of new letterheads, stationery, and changes to websites and so on and all other costs incurred as a result...More Button

In order to avoid incurring additional costs, the steps necessary to give effect to the change of name of the Department are being taken on a progressive basis. Accordingly, as existing stocks of f...More Button