1. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the details of the recently announced changes to the JobPath scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19262/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - JobPath Programme)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: As the Minister is aware, I recently published legislation proposing the change she is introducing; naturally, therefore, I welcome it. I tabled the question to allow her the opportunity to flesh out the details of how it will operate in practice.
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3. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on the fact that one in three calls to an organisation (details supplied) are about food poverty; her plans to address poverty and social exclusion; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19263/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Food Poverty)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: There is a lot of evidence, both anecdotal and official, that food poverty is still widespread in the community. I want to ascertain whether the Government has given any thought to targeting this problem in the forthcoming budgetary measures.
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36. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on a recent ESRI report (details supplied) and in particular the high rate of deprivation being experienced by lone-parent households and persons with a disability; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8465/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Income Inequality)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: I raise this question in view of a recent ESRI study of 11 European countries which found a significant gap in the rate of persistent deprivation experienced by lone parents and adults with a disability, as opposed to the rate suffered by other adults. The gap in regard to lone parents is 26% in Ireland, which is the worst of the 11 countries and compares with an average of 5% to 20% elsewhere. The gap in regard to adults with disability is 14% here compared to 5% to 11% e...

38. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to deal with the issue of bogus self-employment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8466/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Employment Rights)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: The Minister understands the concept of bogus self-employment. I have been approached by groups of people on many occasions - one as late as last week - who are working as employees in the normal way who were suddenly told by their employers that from the following week they would be self-employed. That has certain devastating consequences, obviously, for the employees themselves and also for the Exchequer. I am trying to ascertain what is the Government’s policy on this....

1. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on the latest survey of income and living conditions, SILC, data which show that approximately 11% of children are living in consistent poverty, that 19% are at risk of poverty and that 25% are experiencing deprivation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2134/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Child Poverty)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: I raise this question to reflect my concern that the substantial rates of economic growth we have been experiencing in recent years have not translated into a substantial reduction in the level of child poverty.
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3. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to correct the 2012 pension anomalies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2190/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Pensions Legislation)

Deputy John Brady: I start by expressing a happy new year to everyone in the House, to the Minister, to the staff and to the Leas-Cheann Comhairle.
Will the Minister outline clearly a timeframe for the reversal of the 2012 pension changes and a timeframe for the restoration of pension payments to more than 42,000 people who are directly affected by these changes?
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9. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to improve the operation of family income supplement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1966/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Working Family Payment)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: I apologise. The reference in Question No. 9 to “family income supplement” should read “working family payment”.
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