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Coughlan, Mary

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 Nbr. 6

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: the reason there is more child benefit paid for third and subsequent children than for first and second children.More Button

Child benefit is a universal payment which is payable in respect of all children up to the age of 16 years and continues to be paid up to age 19 in the case of children who are still in full-time e...More Button

In this regard, the Child Benefit Review Committee which was established by the then Minister for Social Welfare and which reported in 1995, having considered a number of alternatives including a s...More Button

Was asked: if her Department has seen the draft report prepared by a consultancy firm (details supplied) on the overall appraisal of active labour market programmes provided for in framework IV, section 4.2, ...More Button

Due to the continued decline in demand for the back to work allowance, BTWA, scheme, the qualification conditions for the scheme are being refocused on the most disadvantaged groups. This means tha...More Button

Those in receipt of disability benefit for three years or more may also be eligible, as will those in receipt of one of the following for one year or more: disability allowance, invalidity pension,...More Button

The need to re-focus the BTWA was determined by the substantial fall in long-term unemployment since the scheme was established and the need to target resources on more disadvantaged groups. In thi...More Button

This work is currently under way under the aegis of the standing committee on the labour market, SCLM, which is chaired by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and which includes a re...More Button

In December 2000 and prior to the PPF related review, the same consultants also completed a report specifically on BTWA for my Department which recommended, inter alia: the numbers of partic...More Button

The need to re-focus the back to work scheme was also identified as part of the Independent Estimates Review Committee, which highlighted the need to re-examine the scheme in the light of the fall ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Meals Scheme.

Was asked: her views on the proposed increase to the school meals programme laid out in the budget; and her further views on whether this is adequate to meet the needs of the thousands of hungry working class...More Button

My Department operates two separate school meals schemes: the urban school meals scheme and the school meals community programme. Under the urban school meals scheme, local authorities can, in cert...More Button

Under the school meals community programme, a total of 109 schools and voluntary organisations received funding in 2002. This benefited 8,500 children approximately, at a cost of just under €1...More Button

The benefits of providing school meals include better nutrition, improved attendance and quality of learning at school and the projects supported have generated positive feedback in that regard.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, I provided additional funding of €2 million in the recent budget for the programme. The additional resources provided in the budget will enable me to continue to provid...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Properties.

Was asked: the State properties, both lands and buildings, in the ownership of her Department; the present use of same in each case; and if they are available for disposal.More Button

The Department does not own any land or buildings. All buildings used by the Department of Social and Family Affairs are either owned or leased by the Office of Public Works, with the exception of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Assist Scheme.

Was asked: the amount of money her Department spent on the promotion of the farm assist scheme in autumn 2002; the number of extra people who applied; the number of those in receipt of farm assist who applied...More Button

The amount spent on my Department's recent publicity campaign on the farm assist scheme was €96,469. The focus of the campaign, which I announced last July, was a promotional video which descr...More Button

In the 20 weeks from 29 July 2002 to 13 December 2002, 921 applications for the farm assist scheme were received in my Department. This compares with a total of 734 claims received in the 30 weeks ...More Button

In the period 29 July 2002 to 13 December 2002, 900 farm assist claims were sent for review, 62 of which were initiated by the customer. The scheme has brought about a worthwhile improvement for lo...More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Provisions.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not been considered for an exemption to rule 4 of the rules of behaviour for persons in receipt of invalidity pension in view of the ther...More Button

The person concerned has been in receipt of invalidity pension since 22 June 1992. The principal qualifying condition for receipt of invalidity pension is that the claimant must be considered to be...More Button

The person concerned was granted an exemption, with effect from 5 April 2000, to engage in part-time work as driver for a construction company. This exemption was reviewed and, on 28 August 2001, t...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Insurance Account.

Was asked: the projected surplus in the social insurance account in 2002; the forecast surplus for 2003; and if she will indicate the amount of transfers from the fund's surplus in 2002 and the projected valu...More Button

The projected cumulative surplus in the Social Insurance Fund, SIF, at the end of 2002 is €1,277 million, while the corresponding forecast figure for the end of 2003 is €1,525 million. Th...More Button