23. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if persons that make new claims for social welfare payments must have a public services card (PSC); if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there is evidence that new claimants are being told that they will not be eligible for payments unless they hold a PSC; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1911/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Public Services Card)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The purpose of SAFE 2 registration is to verify a person’s identity to a substantial level of assurance. Once identity is so verified, a Public Services Card can be issued as a physical token of proof of that identity verification. My Department makes it clear to our customers that they need to complete a SAFE 2 registration to access, or continue to access, payments and entitlements. This is not an unreasonable con...

49. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her attention has been drawn to the fact that women who are victims of domestic abuse and in receipt of social welfare payments are being informed by her Department that they are in danger of losing their single parent payments unless they try to obtain maintenance from their abusers and that women in these situations are being put at risk by having to contact their abusive partners for financial support; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50469/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Child Maintenance Payments)

Deputy Regina Doherty: I propose to take Questions Nos. 42 and 49 together.
We had a conversation about this under an earlier question. The Family Law Acts are the civil legislation that requires a man or woman, who wants to claim maintenance from their spouse, to go to family mediation or seek redress through the courts. There is a condition in the one-parent family payment in my Department that a parent must make all reasonable efforts to get maintenance from the other parent for the upbring...

687. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the terms and conditions regarding eligibility for community employment; if a person can be removed from the scheme while on maternity leave as a result of their spouse commencing employment during their leave (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42948/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Community Employment Schemes Eligibility)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Community Employment, (CE) schemes are designed to provide eligible long-term unemployed and other disadvantaged people with an opportunity to engage in part-time work and training within their communities on a temporary, fixed-term basis. CE scheme participants are obliged to notify their employer immediately of any change in their family circumstances. This change could relate directly to the scheme participant or...