191. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for a disability allowance. (Question 19249/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Disability Allowance Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): I confirm that my department received an application for disability allowance (DA) from this lady on 5 April 2018. On completion of the necessary investigations on all aspects of the claim a decision will be made and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome. The processing time for individual disability allowance claims may vary in accordance with their relative compl...

422. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for a disability allowance; and when a decision will be made on his or her case. (Question 18870/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Disability Allowance Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): I confirm that my department received an application for disability allowance from this gentleman on 11 December 2017. The processing time for individual DA claims may vary in accordance with their relative complexity in terms of the three main qualifying criteria, the person’s circumstances and the information they provide in support of their claim. 
On 9 March 2018, 28 March 2018, 13 Apr...

961. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the additional fuel allowance payment for the recent period of heavy snow is available to those that receive their fuel allowance in a lump sum payment. (Question 12481/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Fuel Allowance Payments)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The fuel allowance is a payment of €22.50 per week for 27 weeks from October to April, to over 365,000 low income households, at an estimated cost of €227 million in 2018. The purpose of this payment is to assist these households with their energy costs. The allowance represents a contribution towards the energy costs of a household. It is not intended to meet those costs in full. Only one allowance is paid per ho...

988. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the financial assistance that will be given to older persons who are not in receipt of fuel allowance to help towards the increase in fuel costs during the recent cold weather as a result of Storm Emma. (Question 12693/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Supplementary Welfare Allowance)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The Deputy will be aware that in view of the recent severity weather conditions, I announced that all people in receipt of the fuel allowance would receive an extra payment of €22.50. The fuel allowance is a payment payable at €22.50 per week for 27 weeks (a total of €607.50) from October to April, to over 368,000 low income households. I believe that increasing this allowance is the fairest and best way of ensuring...

556. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application for a one-parent family payment by a person (details supplied); and when a decision will issue. (Question 8498/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - One-Parent Family Payment Appeals)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an oral hearing of the appeal of the person concerned took place on 3rd January 2018. At the oral hearing it was agreed that the person concerned would send in further documentation in support of their appeal. This documentation has been received and the Appeals Officer is now considering the appeal in the light of all of the evidence submitted, including that ad...

295. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a matter regarding the case of a person (details supplied) will be addressed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7788/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Carer’s Allowance Eligibility)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): 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 fulltime care and attention to a person who has such a disability that they require that level of care.
A person can be considered to be providing fulltime care and attention where they are engaged in employment, self-employment or on training courses outside the home for a m...

568. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of Defence Forces personnel who are availing of family income supplement, in tabular form. (Question 5730/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Working Family Payment Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Working Family Payment (WFP) formerly Family Income Supplement (WFP) is an in-work support, which provides an income top-up for employees on low earnings with children. WFP is designed to prevent in-work poverty for low paid workers with child dependants and to offer a financial incentive to take-up employment. There are over 57,000 families with more than 129,000 children in receipt of WFP.
To qualify for WFP, a pe...

323. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her attention has been drawn to problems with the Córas Iompair Éireann, CIÉ, pension schemes; and the steps she will take to address the issues which relates to the pensions of nearly 10,000 members. (Question 5054/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Córas Iompair Éireann)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) is a State body under the aegis of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Therefore, I am not in a position to comment on the matter raised by the Deputy. 
Accordingly, queries in respect of this matter should be referred to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for a reply to the issues he has raised.
I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.
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328. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her attention has been drawn to the fact that Córas Iompair Éireann submitted severely flawed funding submissions to the Pensions Authority that do not fully reflect the reality of the situation with the current and future funding of the defined benefit pensions of up to 10,000 members of the CIÉ pension scheme. (Question 5093/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Córas Iompair Éireann)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 328 and 329 together.
Scheme trustees have duties and responsibilities under trust law, under other relevant legislation and under the Pensions Act, 1990, as amended. The duties of pension scheme trustees include administering the trust in accordance with the law and the terms of the trust deed and rules. Consequently any decisions made by corporate or individual trustees of an occup...

329. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to investigate if the election process to the CIÉ pension fund management committee was in compliance with regulations. (Question 5095/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Córas Iompair Éireann)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 328 and 329 together.
Scheme trustees have duties and responsibilities under trust law, under other relevant legislation and under the Pensions Act, 1990, as amended. The duties of pension scheme trustees include administering the trust in accordance with the law and the terms of the trust deed and rules. Consequently any decisions made by corporate or individual trustees of an occup...

605. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application for supplementary welfare allowance by a person (details supplied); and when they can expect a decision on their case. (Question 3217/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Supplementary Welfare Allowance Applications)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The person concerned has made an application for Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA); however, it appears that they are still in receipt of payments from another jurisdiction. The Designated Person has requested that they contact the relevant authorities to close these claims and therefore allow their SWA claim to be processed. 
I hope this clarifies the matter for the deputy.
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606. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she has repaid the €15,000 overpayment she received during her term as Government Whip; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3225/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Ministerial Remuneration)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I can confirm that once I was made aware of the overpayment of €17,551.25 referred to an arrangement was put in place to repay it at the rate of €1,000 per month, commencing on 5th October 2017.
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246. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will reconsider the household benefit package criteria for persons under 66 years of age that are living with another adult with the view to including those in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance as a qualified adult; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53350/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Household Benefits Scheme)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The household benefits package (HHB) comprises the electricity or gas allowance, and the free television licence. My Department will spend approximately €232 million this year on the household benefits package for over 434,000 customers. 
The package is generally available to people living in the State, aged 66 years or over who are in receipt of a social welfare type payment or who satisfy a means test. The package...

491. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for disability allowance; and when a decision can be expected in the case. (Question 51609/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Disability Allowance Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): I confirm that my Department received an application for disability allowance from this gentleman on 31 October 2017. The medical part of the application was incomplete and was returned to the gentleman on 10 November 2017. The completed medical report was received back from the gentleman on 27 November 2017. On completion of the necessary investigations on all aspects of the claim a deci...

492. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for a half rate carer’s allowance payment; and when a decision can be expected. (Question 51610/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Carer’s Allowance Applications)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I can confirm that my Department received applications for carer allowance (CA) from the person concerned in respect of her mother and son on the 31 May 2017 and 7 June 2017 respectively. It is a condition for receipt of CA that the person being cared for must have a disability whose effect is that they require full-time care and attention. 
This is defined as requiring from another person, continual supervision and...

635. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if it is compulsory to return to JobPath in the case of a person (details supplied) in view of the fact that they completed a year on JobPath in August 2017. (Question 49901/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - JobPath Programme)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): 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 Social Welfare (Consolidated) Act 2005, as amended, specifies that participation in activation meetings is mandatory. 
Clients for JobPath are chosen by means of a random selection process and protocols for selection currently...

224. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason a social welfare payment to a person (details supplied) was stopped in August 2017; and if the payment can be reinstated as soon as possible. (Question 48415/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Illness Benefit Payments)

Minister of State at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): Illness Benefit is payable to persons who are incapable of work due to illness and who satisfy certain PRSI contribution conditions. During the course of a claim a person can be referred for examination by one of my Department’s Medical Assessors to ascertain if the medical conditions for receipt of the payment continue to be satisfied.
The person concerned is in receipt of Illness Benefit s...

455. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason a person (details supplied) was not eligible to receive the fuel allowance; and if the decision can be reviewed. (Question 47636/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Fuel Allowance Eligibility)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The fuel allowance is a payment of €22.50 per week from October to April, to some 376,000 low income households to assist them with their energy costs. The allowance represents a contribution towards the energy costs of a household. It is not intended to meet those costs in full. Only one allowance is paid per household.
In order to be eligible for fuel allowance, a person must be in receipt of a qualifying payment...

1175. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a carer’s allowance application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45662/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Carer’s Allowance Applications)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I confirm that my Department received an application for carer’s allowance from the person concerned on 4 September 2017. 
The application was awarded to the person concerned on 1 November 2017 and the first payment will issue to her nominated bank account on 9 November 2017. 
Arrears of allowance due from 7 September 2017 to 8 November 2017 will also issue.
The person concerned was notified on 1 November 2017 of thi...

1259. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a person (details supplied) is being paid the full pension. (Question 46759/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - State Pension (Contributory))

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The person concerned is in receipt of a reduced rate state pension (contributory) based on an assessed yearly average of 38 contributions and credits, covering the period from March 1965 to December 2014. An Increase for living alone and fuel allowance (payable during winter months) were also awarded from 4 March 2015.
According to the records of the Department, the person concerned has a social insurance record of ...

259. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a person (details supplied) is eligible to receive fuel allowance. (Question 45446/17 asked on 26 Oct 2017 - Fuel Allowance Eligibility)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): As the Deputy may be aware Section 1.6.5 Employment Support Schemes, of the Fuel Allowance Scheme Guidelines for the 2017/2018 Fuel Season Onwards, provides that “Participants on the following Department of Social Protection Employment Support Schemes and Revenue Job Assist can be paid Fuel Allowance where they had applied for or were awarded fuel allowance prior to commencing on the scheme and where they satisfy o...

572. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will provide a detailed breakdown of a debt her Department is seeking a person (details supplied) to repay. (Question 43597/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Social Welfare Overpayments)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The person concerned does not currently have a debt with the Department. In previous correspondence with the Department the person concerned was advised, in error, that they had repaid in excess of the debt they had incurred. This error was corrected and the person concerned has been advised that they do not have a debt with the Department.
I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.
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581. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the social welfare entitlements for which a person (details supplied) qualifies. (Question 43816/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Illness Benefit Eligibility)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Illness benefit is a payment for persons who cannot work due to illness and who satisfy the pay-related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions. For illness benefit claims made in 2017 the governing contribution year is 2015. 
The rate of payment depends on the person’s level of earnings in the governing PRSI contribution year. Where the average weekly earnings are €300 or more, the personal rate of payment ...