218. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection when a person (details supplied) will receive a decision on their domiciliary allowance appeal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14809/17 asked on 28 Mar 2017 - Domiciliary Care Allowance Appeals)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): An application for domiciliary care allowance was received on the 22nd June 2016. This application was not allowed as the child was not considered to satisfy the qualifying conditions for the allowance. A letter issued on the 21st October 2016 outlining the decision of the deciding officer to refuse the allowance.
An appeal of this decision was registered on 28th October 2016. Additional information on the child...

274. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection if private bus operators can now request a review of their existing free travel pass allocation relative to their current fare structure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6658/17 asked on 14 Feb 2017 - Free Travel Scheme Administration)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 274 and 275 together. 
Transport companies participating in the free travel scheme are paid on the basis of fares foregone. This is the spare capacity an operator might have were it not for their participation in the free travel scheme. 
The amount my Department pays to private operators is determined by way of survey of their passenger numbers at a given point in time. Following the survey an average fee i...

275. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection the average percentage payment of the free travel pass to bus operators, excluding Bus Éireann, with regard to fare income; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6659/17 asked on 14 Feb 2017 - Free Travel Scheme Administration)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 274 and 275 together. 
Transport companies participating in the free travel scheme are paid on the basis of fares foregone. This is the spare capacity an operator might have were it not for their participation in the free travel scheme. 
The amount my Department pays to private operators is determined by way of survey of their passenger numbers at a given point in time. Following the survey an average fee i...

653. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the voluntary development worker scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1545/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Social Insurance)

Minister for Social Protection Deputy Leo Varadkar: Volunteer development workers who work abroad in developing countries are exempt from paying social insurance contributions while abroad. They may, however be awarded credited contributions (credits) for the duration of their absence, up to an aggregate of 5 years.
A volunteer development workers is defined as a person who is employed temporarily outside the State in a developing country and has secured that employment -
 (a) by or through th...

234. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of an application for a disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40717/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Disability Allowance Applications)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I confirm that the department is in receipt of an application for disability allowance from this lady on 23 November 2016. 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 complexity in terms of the three main qualifying c...

131. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection when a decision on an invalidity pension will issue to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38898/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Invalidity Pension Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the pay related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions. 
A claim for IP was received from the gentleman concerned on the 08 November 2016. In order to establish medical eligibility two medical report forms have issued to him for completion. On receipt of the completed form...

132. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of an appeal on a carer’s allowance decision in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38899/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Carer’s Allowance Appeals)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer on 5th December 2016, who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing. 
The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals agains...

135. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of a domiciliary allowance application in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38905/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Domiciliary Care Allowance Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): This lady was notified on the 1st December 2016 that her domiciliary care allowance has been awarded from 1st September 2016. The first payment of the allowance, along with arrears due, will issue on the 20th December 2016. I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.
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136. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of a carer’s allowance review in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38906/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Carer’s Allowance Applications)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): An application for Carer’s Allowance (CA) was received from the person concerned on 11 March 2016.
Carer’s allowance was awarded to the person concerned on 21 November 2016 and the first payment issued to the nominated Post Office on 1 December 2016. 
Arrears of allowance due from 17 March 2016 to 30 November 2016 will issue shortly.
The person concerned was notified of these details on 21 November 2016.
I hope this clarifies the matter for ...

137. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of a carer’s allowance review by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38908/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Carer’s Allowance Applications)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): An application for carer’s allowance (CA) was received from the person concerned on 29 March 2016.
CA is a means-tested social assistance payment, made to persons who are providing full-time care and attention to a person who has a disability such that they require that level of care.
My Department takes the view that full-time care and attention does not necessarily mean 24 hours in each day. Full-time care and attention can be considered t...

703. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason a person (details supplied) has been refused Disability Allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24918/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Disability Allowance Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath) (Deputy Finian McGrath): Disability allowance (DA) is a means tested scheme and the way means are assessed is laid down in social welfare legislation. In summary, any income, with some exceptions, belonging to the person is assessable as means for DA purposes. 
Where a person leaves his/her home on a temporary basis, or for an indefinite period as a result of old age or illness, the capital value of his/her home is ...

489. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of a carer’s allowance application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13374/16 asked on 31 May 2016 - Carer’s Allowance Applications)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I confirm that my department received an application for carer’s allowance from the person concerned on 29 February 2016. Some additional information in relation to the person’s application was requested by the deciding officer on 27 May 2016. Once the information is received the application will be processed and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome. I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.
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125. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of an appeal by a person (details supplied) under the carer’s allowance scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12315/16 asked on 26 May 2016 - Carer’s Allowance Appeals)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Carer’s allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance payment, made to persons who are providing full-time care and attention to a person who has a disability such that they require that level of care.
The person concerned was refused carer’s allowance on 28 January 2016 on the grounds that he was not providing full-time care and attention as required.
The person appealed this decision to the social welfare appeals office (SWAO). All th...

544. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection to consider a person who is receipt of a State pension and a carer’s allowance for a full rate of payment under the carer’s allowance scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10334/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Carer’s Allowance Eligibility)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Carer’s Allowance (CA) is a social assistance payment made to persons who are providing full-time care and attention to people with disabilities who require full-time care and attention and whose income falls below certain limits. 
When an applicant is getting certain social welfare payments and providing full-time care and attention to another person, they can keep their main social welfare payment and get a half-rate CA as well.
The person ...

76. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied) under the carer’s allowance scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8385/16 asked on 26 Apr 2016 - Carer’s Allowance Applications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I confirm that the department received an application for carer’s allowance (CA) from the person concerned on 8 February 2016. Unfortunately, the average time taken at present to decide a new application is running at 19 weeks. Additional resources have been provided to the CA section in order to improve the waiting times for new applications and they are working hard to make this happen.
Frequently, delays are outside the contr...

3. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the reason an application under the carer’s allowance scheme by a person (details supplied) in County Louth has been refused in view of the medical evidence supplied; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7840/16 asked on 21 Apr 2016 - Carer’s Allowance Applications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I confirm that the department received an application for Carer’s Allowance (CA) from the person concerned on 4 December 2015. It is a condition for receipt of a 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 frequent assistance throughout the day in connection with normal bodily f...

171. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the reason the family income supplement payment must stay the same for 12 months even if there is a change in the family’s income; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3474/15 asked on 27 Mar 2015 - Family Income Supplement)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The family income supplement (FIS) is an in-work support which provides an income top-up for employees on low earnings with children. FIS is designed to prevent child and family poverty and to offer a financial incentive to take-up employment as compared to social welfare payments.
Expenditure on FIS for 2014 is estimated to be of the order of €281 million and it is currently paid to some 50,306 families in respect of almost 111,...