266. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the average processing times for applications for partial capacity benefit; her views on whether the time it is taking to process such applications is discouraging persons from returning to work; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20301/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Partial Capacity Benefit Scheme Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): The partial capacity benefit (PCB) scheme allows people with restricted capacity to avail of employment opportunities while still in receipt of an income support. The scheme is open to people who:
a) have been in receipt of illness benefit for a minimum of six months;
or
b) are in receipt of invalidity pension.
The process of claiming PCB involves the submission and consideration of medica...

1809. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to extend the partial capacity scheme for public sector workers that wish to work part time; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37377/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Partial Capacity Benefit Scheme Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): Partial capacity benefit (PCB) allows a person to return to work if they have reduced capacity, and continue to receive a payment from the Department. To qualify for the PCB scheme, a person needs to be currently in receipt of either illness benefit (for a minimum of 6 months) or invalidity pension. 
Public servants who were in employment before 6 April 1995 and continued to be so employed without a break in servi...