60. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she proposes to introduce legislation to deal with the position of persons who no longer qualify for a pension upon reaching 65 years of age; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40183/15 asked on 17 Nov 2015 - State Pensions Reform)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: I raise this question to ascertain the position of a person who has been compulsorily retired at the age of 65 and will have to wait until he or she is 66 before receiving an old age pension.
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63. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her views on the adequacy of payments under the rent supplement scheme, given the increase in rents nationally and that approximately 1,500 children are living in emergency accommodation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40184/15 asked on 17 Nov 2015 - Rent Supplement Scheme Administration)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: I hope to ascertain whether the Government is considering introducing a temporary increase in rent supplement to supplement its recent package on rents and for the homeless.
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66. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her views on the JobBridge scheme; if she envisages any amendment or change to the scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40068/15 asked on 17 Nov 2015 - National Internship Scheme Administration)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: My question is to ascertain if the Minister intends to make changes to the JobBridge scheme in view of a number of recent reports.
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67. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection for an update on the issue of determination orders which were not catered for in the legislation on jobseeker’s transition payments; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40069/15 asked on 17 Nov 2015 - Social Welfare Code Review)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: The purpose of this question is to ascertain the position on people who up to now have been open to being pursued by the Department of Social Protection to meet their responsibilities when their partners are lone parents in receipt of lone parent’s allowance.
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1. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her plans to expand social welfare entitlements for self-employed persons; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33329/15 asked on 30 Sep 2015 - Social Welfare Benefits)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: I raise this question again to ascertain if there have been any developments in this matter since it was last raised with the Minister in May. As the House will be aware, we are trying to develop the indigenous sector and the extension of benefits to the self-employed is central to that project.
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4. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her plans to reduce relative and absolute poverty rates; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33330/15 asked on 30 Sep 2015 - Poverty Data)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: I raise this question to ascertain what progress the Government has made in reducing the levels of poverty after social transfers.
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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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4. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will provide for each of the years 2011 to 2014 and to date in 2015, the total overpayments made by her Department in each year, indicating the amount due to error by her Department, due to error by the applicant, and due to fraud; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24851/15 asked on 24 Jun 2015 - Social Welfare Overpayments)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: I wish to stress that this is a statistical question. I have no brief for people who defraud the social welfare system. In fact, I believe they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
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7. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will extend all Intreo services to persons with disabilities, including all the voluntary activation schemes, including the Youth Guarantee and MOMENTUM, regardless of payment type that the disabled person is on; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24678/15 asked on 24 Jun 2015 - Disability Support Services)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: This issue has already arisen in questions asked today. When will the Intreo services that are available for able-bodied people be extended fully to the disabled sector of the community?
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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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4. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her views that the F grade for the Government in the area of child poverty in the 2015 report card of the Children’s Rights Alliance is a fair assessment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9403/15 asked on 05 Mar 2015 - Child Poverty)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: I put down the question to ascertain what progress, if any, the Government has made on its stated commitment to reduce child poverty.
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1. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her plans to address the increasing deprivation rate here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5029/15 asked on 05 Feb 2015 - Poverty Data)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: My question asks the Minister to respond to the recent CSO report that showed levels of poverty at the end of 2013 had risen appreciably over the previous period.
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4. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will review the operation of JobBridge in view of the use of this scheme to hire instructors for training schemes for jobseekers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5030/15 asked on 05 Feb 2015 - National Internship Scheme Administration)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: I wish to ascertain the Government’s response to the circumstances outlined in the question.
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