32. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the safeguards in place to ensure lone parents in receipt of the one-parent family payment are not required to seek maintenance from those who have abused them; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50710/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - One-Parent Family Payment)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: I raise this question because, as the Minister will be aware, one of the criteria for receiving a lone parent allowance is that the lone parent can receive maintenance from his or her former partner. My understanding is that it is the policy of the Department that people will not be required to pursue an ex-partner who has been violent or abusive. Unfortunately, while this may be the general policy, the Department does not appear to have protocols or procedures in place to...

48. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will conduct a review into the changes introduced to the one-parent family payment in view of the findings of a report (details supplied) on lone parents and activation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35935/16 asked on 22 Nov 2016 - One-Parent Family Payment)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: There is widespread agreement that the new system for dealing with single parents is not working. We had a discussion on Committee Stage of the Social Welfare Bill. A number of parties from all sides of the House tabled amendments to require the Minister to conduct a review of this situation. I have tabled this parliamentary question to keep this matter to the forefront.
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1. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection his views on the assertion by an organisation (details supplied) that the main impacts of the reform of the one-parent family payment have been to reduce the income of lone parents in employment and to reduce the likelihood of lone parents who are not in employment, education or training take up work or education in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29009/16 asked on 06 Oct 2016 - One-Parent Family Payment)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: This question relates to the views given to the Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul on the effect of the changes in relation to lone parents and I would like the Minister’s observations.
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33. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection to publish the report by a person (details supplied) on the impact on one-parent families of the changes to the one-parent family payment scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11768/16 asked on 25 May 2016 - One-Parent Family Payment)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 33 and 35 together.
Research on activation measures for lone parents was commissioned at the request of my Department through the Irish Research Council, IRC, in 2014. The theme suggested by my Department was how best to engage and support lone parents from an activation perspective. The IRC sought expressions of interest from relevant academics to carry out independent research on this theme. Following the...

1. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will reverse the changes made to the one-parent family payment given the data in the Survey on Income and Living Conditions which show those living in households with one adult and one or more children had the highest deprivation rate, at 58.7%, in 2014; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1190/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - One-Parent Family Payments)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: Before dealing with the question, I take the opportunity to extend my congratulations to the newly appointed Clerk of the Dáil, as announced by the Ceann Comhairle.
My question refers to a recent survey which shows poverty is endemic among single parents. In view of the startling figures set out in the report, particularly in respect of the deprivation rate, is the Tánaiste prepared to reverse the changes she made recently to the lone parent’s allowance?
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1. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the social impact assessment her Department has undertaken of her changes to the one-parent family payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24850/15 asked on 24 Jun 2015 - One-Parent Family Payment Eligibility)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: The Minister will be aware that next Thursday is D-Day, where the D stands for “devastation” for the many lone parents who will suffer a substantial drop in income because of the change in the criteria for payment that she will implement on Wednesday. Has the Department carried out a social impact assessment, or an assessment of the possible effects on those who will lose out thereby?
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1. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her plans to postpone the proposed changes to lone parent payments; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9402/15 asked on 05 Mar 2015 - One-Parent Family Payments)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: I have tabled this question to ascertain whether the Minister intends to proceed with the change to the lone parent’s allowance conditions which is scheduled to take effect from July.
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