Desmond, Barry

Tuesday, 7 May 1985

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 358 Nbr. 1


Written Answers. - Tuberculosis Statistics.

It is estimated that there were approximately 1,400 admissions to hospital due to tuberculosis in 1982, the latest year for which figures are available. The number of cases of tuberculosis notifie...More Button

Written Answers. - Mass X-Ray Outdoor Units.

The use of mobile mass X-ray units was discontinued in May 1977. I have no plans to re-introduce them. The service was discontinued for the following reasons:More Button

(a) there is no need for a mobile X-ray service in Dublin as the area is adequately provided with static X-ray units in Charles Street and Dún Laoghaire;More Button

(b) in addition there is a very good X-ray service in the country now through county and regional hospitals which was not the case when MMR was established;More Button

(c) the number of cases of respiratory tuberculosis discovered by MMR in recent years was only a small proportion of all cases of this form of tuberculosis e.g. 5 per cent in 1973, 3.4 per cent in...More Button

(d) the finance needed to replace the units which had become unusable, would be considerable i.e. new X-ray equipment and vans;More Button

(e) the World Health Organisation had recommended “that the policy of indiscriminate TB case finding by MMR should now be abandoned”.More Button

(f) the programme managers of community care in the health boards did not consider MMR a useful or economic service.More Button

Written Answers. - Non-Statutory Bodies and Committees.

The information sought by the Deputy is being compiled and will be forwarded to him in a week.More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Card Eligibility.

Eligibility for a medical card is a matter for the chief executive officer of a health board. In this instance I am informed by the Eastern Health Board that the person in question is being notifi...More Button

Written Answers. - Disabled Person's Maintenance Allowance.

An application by the person in question for a disabled persons maintenance allowance was received by the Southern Health Board on 2 November 1984. The reason for the delay in processing the appli...More Button

Written Answers. - Third World Aid.

The most effective way of providing assistance of the type referred to by the Deputy is through the Government's official aid programme. The Government's National Plan Building on Reality ...More Button

Written Answers. - Immunisation Statistics.

The statistical information for 1983 requested by the Deputy is set out in a tabular statement which I propose to circulate in the Official Report. The figures for 1984 have not yet been received ...More Button

Following is the statement:More Button

Immunisations/Percentage uptake 1983.More Button

* Health Board programme in Roscommon carried out every 2 years — next programme will be in 1984.More Button

¹ Number of completed vaccinations of children under two as percentage of births in previous year.More Button

² Number of completed vaccinations of pre-school children as percentage of births in previous year.More Button

³ Number of completed vaccinations of girls aged 11-14 years.More Button

Written Answers. - Cork Opthalmic and ENT Services.

The plans for the development of opthalmic and ENT services in Cork involve the transfer of opthalmic services from the Cork Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital to the Cork Regional Hospital and ENT servi...More Button

Written Answers. - Job-Sharing for Nurses.

The question of introducing job-sharing for health services personnel is under active consideration in my Department. A decision on the matter will be made shortly.More Button

Written Answers. - Rehabilitation Funding.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 617 and 618 together. The following table details the amounts of moneys applied for from the European Social Fund in the years 1983 and 1984 by each health board, ...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

The person concerned is in receipt of unemployment assistance at £88.60 weekly being the appropriate rate £94 less means £5.40. His means are derived from his capital. He appeal...More Button

Payment of disability benefit to the person concerned was disallowed from 7 November 1984 following an examination by a medical referee who considered him to be capable of work. He appealed against...More Button

His case has been referred to an appeals officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing of the case as soon as possible. He will be notified of the time and place of the hearing as soon as the arrang...More Button

The person concerned was awarded a widow's non-contributory pension at the weekly rate of £6.50 with effect from 8 March 1985. This is the rate of pension payable to a widow under 66 years w...More Button

She appealed against this decision on 26 April 1985 and the claim was referred to the local social welfare officer to review the assessment of means in the case in the light of the statement submit...More Button

The person concerned claimed disability benefit from 1 April 1985 and all benefit payable in respect of his claim has been issued to 29 April 1985 the date of the latest medical certificate received.More Button

The person concerned claimed injury benefit on 18 February 1985 in respect of an incapacity which he attributed to an occupational accident on 15 February. Pending the completion of investigations...More Button

Following confirmation of details of the accident, injury benefit was awarded from 16 February, the first day of incapacity, at the rate of £102.35 a week. The adjusted rate of pay-related b...More Button

According to the Department's records the person concerned has been claiming unemployment assistance continuously since 1976 and he is at present in receipt of payments at the weekly rate of £...More Button

Payment of disability benefit to the person concerned was disallowed from 22 April 1985, following examination by a medical referee who expressed the opinion that he was capable of work. He appeale...More Button

Invalidity pension is payable in place of disability benefit to insured persons who satisfy the contribution conditions and who are permanently incapable of work. The person concerned was paid dis...More Button

The person concerned was assessed with means at £9.60 weekly derived from the profit from his holding and accordingly the rate of unemployment assistance payable to him is reduced to £...More Button

An applicant for unemployment benefit who is a landholder but does not satisfy the contribution conditions of having 78 contributions paid in a three year period is not entitled to unemployment ben...More Button

The person concerned is a landholder who does not satisfy the 78 contributions condition. His case was referred to a social welfare officer for investigation of the income of his holding and inqui...More Button

The appeal of the person concerned against the assessment of weekly means of £40 against him was submitted to an appeals officer for determination. The appeals officer assessed him with mean...More Button

There is no record in the Department of receipt of an application for this allowance from the person concerned. An application form was issued to him on 2 May 1985. On receipt of the completed app...More Button

The local office dealing with the unemployment benefit claim of the person concerned received notification from his employer indicating that he was returning to work after 20 April 1985 and payment...More Button

A social welfare officer recently completed a re-investigation of the means of the person concerned, and the case papers are at present in postal transit to a deciding officer for a review of the a...More Button

The person concerned has been in receipt of disability benefit since 28 January 1984 and payment is being made at regular weekly intervals. Invalidity pension is payable in place of disability ben...More Button

If he is not satisfied with this decision it is open to him to submit a detailed report from his doctor. On receipt of this report the question as to whether he is permanently incapable of work wi...More Button

The claim of the person concerned to a deserted wife's payment is at present under investigation by a local officer of the Department. The claimant and her husband have been interviewed but it is ...More Button

The person concerned is being paid disability benefit at regular weekly intervals and payment has been made to date. A form on which to claim invalidity pension has been forwarded to him. On its ...More Button

Pay-related benefit was issued to the person concerned from 30 March 1985, nineteenth day of incapacity, and all benefit payable in respect of his claim has been issued to 26 April 1985, the date ...More Button

Arising out of contentions made by the person concerned in support of his appeal against the disallowance of his unemployment assistance claim his case was referred to a social welfare officer for ...More Button

The person concerned claimed disability benefit from 13 February 1985. He was not entitled to benefit at the commencement of his claim as according to the records of the Department he had less tha...More Button

Payment has not been issued however, as he states that he is a married man but to date has not claimed an increase in respect of his wife or any dependent children and he is currently in receipt o...More Button

The qualifying conditions for the receipt of a contributory old age pension require a person:More Button

(i) to have entered into insurance before reaching the prescribed age, 57 in the case of the person concerned;More Button

(ii) to have qualifying contributions paid in respect of not less than 156 weeks of insurable employment since his entry into insurance; andMore Button

(iii) to have a yearly average of not less than 20 qualifying contributions paid or credited from 5 January 1953 or from the year of entry into insurance, whichever is the later, to the end of the...More Button

The person concerned will reach age 66, the qualifying age for contributory old age pension, in June 1987. He was insured at the modified rate of social insurance contribution payable in respect o...More Button

Since contributions which included cover for contributory old age pension were first paid in respect of him after he reached age 57, his yearly average of qualifying contributions will fall to be ...More Button

Neither will he qualify for retirement pension at age 65. Entry into insurance at a qualifying rate before reaching age 55 is a requirement for this latter pension.More Button

The person concerned was in receipt of disability benefit from 4 September 1984 to 23 October 1984. She claimed unemployment benefit for the period 1 November 1984 to 28 December 1984 but her clai...More Button

Her entitlement to unemployment benefit exhausted on 28 December 1984 when she received 390 days of unemployment benefit in the period of interruption of employment applicable to her claim. She has...More Button

She made a claim to unemployment assistance on 4 January 1985 and her case was referred to a social welfare officer for investigation of her means. The social welfare officer has called at her hom...More Button

The social welfare officer will call on her again shortly after which her case will be submitted to a deciding officer. Her means will then be assessed and her entitlement to unemployment assistan...More Button

The person concerned claimed injury benefit from 9 March 1985 to 27 April 1985, and all benefit due has now been paid. A cheque in respect of all outstanding benefit was issued on 2 May 1985.More Button

It was decided by an appeals officer on 26 September 1984 that the person concerned was not incapable of work during the period 27 February 1984 to 20 August 1984 (the date of the latest medical ev...More Button

The person concerned was advised of the result of this examination and supplied with an appeal form on 13 December 1984. There is no trace of the completed form having been received in the Departm...More Button

It has been decided that the person concerned is entitled to an old age pension at the weekly rate of £35.30 from 8 February 1985. This is the rate to which he is entitled having regard to t...More Button

The person concerned is at present in receipt of old age pension at the weekly rate of £23.30. Recent representations have been accepted as an application for increase in her existing rate o...More Button

The entitlement to unemployment benefit of the person concerned could not be determined until inquiries had been made to establish that her employment during the contribution period 6 April 1983 to...More Button

These investigations were recently completed and her unemployment benefit claim was allowed from the date of claim at £32.75 weekly the appropriate rate in her case. All arrears due were pai...More Button

Following a review of his unemployment assistance claim the means of the person concerned were re-assessed at £61.50 weekly, derived from self-employment. He appealed against the amount of m...More Button

He is accordingly entitled to unemployment assistance at £75 weekly, the appropriate maximum rate payable to him, and payment will commence this week. The balance of any arrears due to him ...More Button

The persons concerned lodged an appeal on 28 January 1985 against the decisions disallowing their claims to old age pension. An appeals officer has requested further information from the social we...More Button

The appeal of the person concerned against the disallowance of his unemployment assistance claim has not yet been decided. His case was, however, returned to the social welfare officer to afford h...More Button

The unemployment assistance claim of the person concerned was disallowed on the grounds that by failing to furnish details of his means he failed to show that his means did not exceed the statutory...More Button

The claim to a prisoner's wife's allowance of the person concerned is with a local officer of the Department for investigation and he expects to call on her shortly. When inquiries are completed a...More Button

The person concerned claimed disability benefit from 3 April 1982. All benefit payable has been issued up to 11 May 1985. There was a delay caused by an administrative error in issuing payment fo...More Button

A payable order for arrears of widow's non-contributory pension for the period 25 January to 4 April 1985, less an amount in respect of supplementary welfare allowance paid to her during that perio...More Button

The person concerned has been paid all disability benefit payable to 30 April 1985, the date of the latest medical certificate received. Payment is issued on the receipt in the Department of medic...More Button

Representations were accepted as a claim for an increase in old age pension for the person concerned and referred to a social welfare officer for investigation. During the course of the investigat...More Button

Following a routine investigation of the old age pension entitlements of the person concerned, it has been decided that he is entitled to an old age pension at the reduced weekly rate of £26....More Button

Following a routine investigation of the old age pension entitlements of the person concerned it has been decided that he is entitled to an old age pension at the reduced weekly rate of £26.3...More Button

A pension book covering six weeks old age pension due on the death of her late husband has been issued to the person concerned. Her application for living alone allowance has been referred to the...More Button

It has been decided that the person concerned is entitled to old age pension at the weekly rate of £15.30 from 6 March 1985. This is the rate to which she is entitled having regard to the as...More Button

There is no record of an application for living alone allowance having been received from the person concerned. In view of the Deputy's representations his case has been forwarded to the social we...More Button

The persons concerned appealed on 12 April 1985 against the decision of the deciding officer which disallowed their unemployment benefit claims for the period 13 March 1985 to 23 April 1985 on the ...More Button

The person concerned has been awarded a family income supplement at the weekly rate of £13.75 from 6 September 1984. The appropriate order book containing orders from 6 December 1984 was iss...More Button

The person concerned claimed disability benefit from 14 March 1985. There was a delay in authorising payment while his entitlement to benefit was being examined. It has now been established that...More Button

The appeal of the person concerned, against the means of £29.15 assessed against him was submitted to an appeals officer for determination. The appeals officer considered that he had suffici...More Button

To qualify for a free telephone rental allowance a person, in receipt of a qualifying payment, must be living entirely alone or only with children under 15 years of age or other persons who are so...More Button

The household concerned consists of five persons all of whom are in receipt of qualifying payments. Any one of them could therefore qualify for the allowance provided the other four members of the...More Button

The person concerned has been awarded a widow's contributory pension at the weekly rate of £43.45 with effect from 29 March 1985. This is the maximum rate of pension payable to a widow under...More Button

The person concerned claimed unemployment benefit but pending clarification of his contribution record his case was referred to a social welfare officer for investigation of his means to enable his...More Button

The person concerned has been in receipt of a contributory old age pension since 18 January 1980. His wife has been in receipt of a non-contributory old age pension since 1 August 1978. She submit...More Button

During the course of a routine investigation of the old age pension entitlement of the person concerned, the social welfare officer sought information in relation to bank accounts held. Despite se...More Button

An application for a free electricity allowance from the person concerned in respect of her new residence was approved on 12 March 1985. The ESB has advised that the allowance was applied to the e...More Button

It is understood that the person concerned is the registered consumer at both her old and new addresses, and she would, therefore, need to contact the ESB with a view to terminating her account at ...More Button

The authorisation of payment of maternity benefit had to be deferred while the question of insurability of her employment was being investigated. The investigations have now been completed and the...More Button

The person concerned has been awarded a widow's contributory pension at the weekly rate of £43.45 with effect from 23 November 1984, three months prior to the date of receipt of her claim. ...More Button

A pension book with orders payable from 3 May 1985 was sent to the designated post office for collection by her on that date. Arrears for the period from 23 November 1984 to 2 May 1985, less disab...More Button

In the case of old age pensioners, when an application for pension is made, their full entitlements are examined and if it is found that the applicant is living alone, the allowance is put into pay...More Button

If a pensioner is not living alone at the date of application, but subsequently finds himself living alone it is open to him to apply for the increase which is payable in such cases. The increases...More Button

The person concerned was awarded a widow's non-contributory pension at the weekly rate of £10.50 with effect from 20 July 1984. This is the rate of pension payable to a widow under 66 years ...More Button

Following investigation of the unemployment assistance claim of the person concerned she was assessed with means of 25p weekly derived from the value of board and lodging in her parent's home. She...More Button

Following a recent decision by an appeals officer the person concerned has been awarded a widow's non-contributory pension at the increased weekly rates of £13.85 per week from 1 June 1984 (t...More Button

These are the rates of pension payable to a widow under 66 years with no qualified children whose weekly means exceed £28 but do not exceed £30. Her means, derived from a farm holding,...More Button

The person concerned claimed disability benefit from 15 March 1985. Payment was not authorised however, as he submitted an incomplete medical certificate in support of his claim. The certificate w...More Button

The appeal of the person concerned against the disallowance of his unemployment assistance claim on the grounds that his means exceeded the statutory limit, was submitted to an appeals officer for ...More Button

The person concerned is in receipt of disability benefit from 2 April 1984, fourth day of incapacity. He is being paid at £37.25 per week, the maximum rate payable. All disability benefit p...More Button

One of the conditions for the receipt of invalidity pension is that the claimant must be considered to be permanently incapable of work. Arrangements have been made to have the person concerned e...More Button

The reapplication of the person concerned for a deserted wife's payment is at present with a local officer of the Department for investigation. He expects to call on her within a week or so and wh...More Button

Arrears of unmarried mother's allowance for the period from 23 August 1984 (the Thursday following the birth of her child) up to the time of her marriage on 1 February 1985 will be sent to the pers...More Button

The person concerned did not appeal against the means assessment but applied for a reinvestigation of his means and his case was referred to a social welfare officer for inquiries. Those inquiries...More Button

He is accordingly entitle to unemployment assistance at £4.75 weekly being the maximum rate payable £59.40 less £54.65 means. If he is dissatisfied with the amount of means asses...More Button

The appeal of the person concerned against the decision which awarded her a widow's non-contributory pension at the weekly rate of £11.30 has been disallowed. An appeals officer confirmed th...More Button

The decision of an appeals officer is final and conclusive and is only subject to review should there be a material change in the claimant's circumstances. She has also claimed a living alone allow...More Button

To qualify for a free telephone rental allowance a person in receipt of a qualifying payment must be living entirely alone or only with children under 15 years of age, or other persons who are so p...More Button

The person concerned is residing with her husband and sister-in-law who are also in receipt of qualifying payments. Anyone of the three could, therefore, qualify for the allowance provided the othe...More Button

The person concerned appealed against the means assessment in his case and an appeals officer also assessed his means at £36.15 weekly derived from benefit from his father's holding. He was n...More Button

The person concerned is an applicant for unemployment benefit. Her entitlement to unemployment benefit is governed by her contribution record during the relevant contribution period 6 April 1983 t...More Button

The person concerned claimed disability benefit from 25 April 1983 and payment was issued to 25 April 1984 based on his contribution record in the 1981-82 contribution year. He was not entitled to...More Button

He has 49 contributions credited in the 1983-84 contribution year which governs his claim from 7 January 1985 and accordingly he is requalified for payment of benefit from that date. The matter h...More Button

The claim of the person concerned to a prisoner's wife's allowance is with a local officer of the Department for investigation. When inquiries are completed and the officer's report received a dec...More Button

The wife of the person concerned was approved for a free telephone rental allowance with effect from 11 March 1985. She was notified accordingly on 25 April 1985. Telecom Éireann have been...More Button

Payment of disability benefit to the person concerned was disallowed from 3 April 1985 following examination by a medical referee who expressed the opinion that he was capable of work. He appealed...More Button

The person concerned has been in receipt of disability benefit since 22 November 1983 and payment is being made at regular weekly intervals. Invalidity pension is payable in place of disability be...More Button

The person concerned was examined in March last by a medical referee who expressed the opinion that he was not permanently incapable of work. He is therefore not qualified for the receipt of inval...More Button

The person concerned claimed disability benefit from 11 March 1985. She was not qualified for benefit initially, as according to the records of the Department she had no contributions paid or cred...More Button

It has now been established that the person concerned has sufficient contributions paid to qualify for payment of benefit and all disability benefit payable to 22 April 1985, the date of the latest...More Button

Payment of maternity benefit has been approved in this case for a 14 week period from 15 April 1985, the date from which the person concerned chose to take her maternity leave. A cheque covering t...More Button

It has been decided that the persons concerned are not entitled to an old age pension on the ground that they do not satisfy the statutory conditions as to means. The assessments of their means, ...More Button

The person concerned claimed disability benefit from 28 January 1985. Benefit has been issued from this date up to 29 April 1985, the date of the latest medical certificate received. There was a d...More Button

The unemployment assistance claim of the person concerned was disallowed on the grounds that his means derived from self-employment exceeded £3,842.80 per annum being the statutory limit appl...More Button

The entitlement of the person concerned to unemployment assistance cannot be determined until the inquiries at present being made by a social welfare officer have been completed. When the investig...More Button

The person concerned has been in receipt of disability benefit from 20 March 1985, fourth day of incapacity. He is being paid at £95.20 per week, the appropriate rate payable to a married man...More Button

The person concerned submitted a first medical certificate dated 21 March 1985 claiming injury benefit in respect of an incapacity resulting from an occupational accident on 15 March. Pending the ...More Button

On completion of investigations, injury benefit was allowed from the date of the accident, including increases in respect of his dependants and injury benefit over and above the benefit paid on an ...More Button

A payable order for the arrears of social assistance allowance due to her, less the amount of supplementary welfare allowance paid to her by the Eastern Health Board, has now been sent to the perso...More Button

The person concerned has been paid disability benefit from 9 May 1984 to 7 May 1985, a total of 52 weeks. Where a claimant has less than 156 contributions paid since his entry into insurable emplo...More Button

The person concerned has been in receipt of unemployment benefit and pay-related benefit at the combined weekly rate of £106.57 since 21 December 1984. He applied for permission to sign retr...More Button

The entitlement to unemployment assistance of the person concerned cannot be determined until he co-operates with the social welfare officer and furnishes details of his wife's income to enable his...More Button

The person concerned is an applicant for unemployment assistance. His case was referred to a social welfare officer for investigation of his means but following inquiries in the matter his unemploy...More Button

He appealed against the disallowance of his claim and his case has been returned to the social welfare officer to afford him a further opportunity to co-operate in the investigation of his case and...More Button

The claim of the person concerned to occupational injury benefit from 12 October 1984 was disallowed and treated as a claim to disability benefit. Payment was issued from 16 October 1984, fourth da...More Button

The unemployment assistance claim of the person concerned was disallowed on the grounds that his means derived from the profit from his holding exceeded the rate payable to him. He appealed agains...More Button

The application for increase in the rate of old age pension of the person concerned has been partially investigated by the social welfare officer. It is expected that his inquiries will be complete...More Button

The appeal of the person concerned against the disallowance of her claim to unemployment assistance was submitted to an appeals officer for determination. He assessed her with means of £15 ...More Button

Following a further review of her claim her means were re-assessed at £7.65 weekly effective from 14 December 1984. She was accordingly entitled to £23.25 weekly the appropriate rate &p...More Button

The unemployment assistance claim of the person concerned was disallowed on the grounds that his means derived from profit from his holding exceeded the statutory limit. He appealed and an appeals...More Button

He recently obtained an application form at his local office for the purpose of having his means reinvestigated. When he returns this form his case will be referred to a social welfare officer for...More Button

The person concerned claimed unemployment benefit on 9 April 1985 and her entitlement to benefit is governed by her contribution record during the contribution period 6 April 1983 to 5 April 1984....More Button

The EC Regulations provide that contributions paid by an applicant in another member state may be invoked to determine entitlement to unemployment benefit where the applicant was last employed in t...More Button

Payment of disability benefit to the person concerned was disallowed from 13 November 1984, following an examination by a medical referee who expressed the opinion that she was capable of work. Sh...More Button

The claimant was advised of this decision and supplied with a form of appeal on 21 February 1985. There is no trace of the completed form having been received in the Department. A further form of...More Button

The person concerned claimed unemployment benefit on 5 March 1985 and following inquiries her claim was disqualified up to 11 April 1985 on the grounds that she lost her employment through her own ...More Button

Her entitlement to unemployment benefit from 12 April 1985 could not be determined until inquiries to establish that she fulfilled the conditions of being available for work were completed. These i...More Button

Entitlement to unemployment benefit is subject to the condition that a claimant must be fully available for and genuinely seeking work. When the person concerned claimed unemployment benefit on 12...More Button

The person concerned claimed disability benefit from 1 April 1985. A total of £269.45 supplementary welfare allowance was advanced to him by the Midland Health Board and his disability benef...More Button

The person concerned has been awarded a family income supplement at the weekly rate of £11.50 from 11 April 1985. The appropriate order book will issue to the designated post office within t...More Button

The person concerned appears to have been in receipt of childrens allowances since 1970 in respect of a child who, on the basis of information which recently came to the Department, died in 1972. ...More Button

A completed claim form for injury benefit was received on 24 April 1985 in respect of an incapacity resulting from an accident at work on 11 April 1985. Pending the completion of investigations re...More Button

An inquiry to confirm details of the accident has been issued to the employers. A decision on the claim will be given as soon as possible.More Button

The person concerned made a repeat claim to unemployment assistance on 15 January 1985, and he is at present in receipt of unemployment assistance at £16.30 weekly the appropriate rate £...More Button

The person concerned claimed disability benefit from 9 March 1985 but is not qualified for payment as there are no contributions recorded on his behalf since his entry into insurance. He has been r...More Button

The person concerned claimed injury benefit from 3 April 1984 in respect of an incapacity resulting from an occupational accident on 2 March 1984. Pending the completion of investigations arising ...More Button

His employers failed to confirm the occupational accident and the matter was referred to a social welfare officer for investigation. Following confirmation of the accident, injury benefit was awar...More Button

There was a delay in payment of disability benefit in respect of the period from 2 April 1985 to 4 May due to his governing year's contributions having been returned at contribution class K, which ...More Button

Payment of disability benefit to the person concerned was disallowed from 24 September 1984, following examination by a medical referee who expressed the opinion that he was capable of work. He ap...More Button

It was decided by an appeals officer on 1 August 1984 that the person concerned was not incapable of work during the period 26 January 1984 to 9 July 1984 (the date of the latest medical certificat...More Button

He appealed against the disallowance and he was examined on 7 January 1985 by a medical referee who considered him to be capable of work. His case has been referred to an appeals officer who propo...More Button

Payment of disability benefit to the person concerned was disallowed from 30 July 1984 following examination by a medical referee who considered him to be capable of work. He appealed against the ...More Button

The person concerned claimed disability benefit from 18 February 1983. In view of the duration of his incapacity it was recently decided to transfer his claim to the payments system where benefit ...More Button

Disability benefit is paid to the person concerned at the weekly rate of £96.55 and all benefit payable in respect of his claim has been issued to date.More Button

The person concerned claimed disability benefit from 16 June 1981. All benefit payable has been issued to 4 May 1985 in accordance with medical certificates received and there does not appear to ...More Button

The person concerned claimed disability benefit from 30 January 1985 and payment was issued at the weekly rate of £61.40 the maximum rate for a married man. However, as a result of an admini...More Button

The person concerned recently applied for a review of his means and the case was referred to a social welfare officer for investigation. Inquiries are not yet completed and when they are his unemp...More Button

The application of the person concerned to an old age non-contributory pension which was received on 16 April 1985 has been referred to the social welfare officer for investigation. When inquiries...More Button

The claim of the person concerned to a widow's non-contributory pension is at present under investigation and the local officer hopes to complete his inquiries within the next week or so. When his ...More Button

Unemployment assistance cannot be paid to any person who is not the holder of a Qualification Certificate. The person concerned claimed unemployment assistance and his case was referred to a social...More Button

He recently agreed to make himself available and his case was returned to the social welfare officer for investigation. When the inquiries are completed his means will be assessed and his entitleme...More Button

The person concerned applied for a review of his means on 23 January 1985 but was not available for interview when the social welfare officer called to see him. On 12 April 1985 he intimated that ...More Button

Following an oral hearing of the appeal of the person concerned against the disallowance of her unemployment benefit claim an appeals officer decided that she satisfied the condition of being avail...More Button

The person concerned has been awarded deserted wife's allowance, with effect from 31 May 1984, at the maximum weekly rate of £37.85 (increased to £40.50 from 5 July 1984) for a woman u...More Button

An order book at £36.50 per week payable from 9 May 1985 (£4 per week is being withheld against an earlier over-payment incurred by the claimant) has been issued to the designated post ...More Button

The person concerned claimed disability benefit from 17 April to 23 April 1985, after which date he was certified fit to resume work. His claim was received in the Department on 25 April 1985 and ...More Button

The person concerned is in receipt of disability benefit from 12 March 1985, fourth day of incapacity. He is being paid at £35.90 per week, the appropriate rate payable to a person who has b...More Button

Written Answers. - Statutory/Non-Statutory Bodies and Committees.

It is proposed to take Questions Nos. 660 and 661 together.More Button

The Social Welfare Tribunal established under the Social Welfare (No. 2) Act, 1982, in 1982 is the only statutory body under the aegis of my Department. The members of the tribunal are as follows:More Button

Mr. William Farrell, Chairman.More Button

Ordinary MembersMore Button

Mr. Ralph de Zaayer, Mr. John Doherty, Employers' Representatives.More Button

Mr. Tom McGrath, Mr. Patrick Murphy, Workers' Representatives.More Button

The non-statutory bodies or committees under the aegis of the Department of Social Welfare are (a) The Commission on Social Welfare and (b) the Interim Board of the Combat Poverty Organisation.More Button

The Commission on Social WelfareMore Button

The Commission on Social Welfare was established on 18 August 1983 and held its inaugural meeting on 14 September 1983. Its terms of reference are:More Button

1. To review and report on the social welfare system and related social services and to make recommendations for their development having regard to the needs of modern Irish society,More Button

2. to analyse the net redistribution of resources between people in different income groups affected by government action in such fields as taxation, social welfare, education, health, housing etc...More Button

3. to review and report on the system of pay-related social insurance and health contributions and their effects on the provision of social security and employment.More Button

4. to liaise with the Commission on Taxation with a view to ensuring the compatibility of recommendations from both commissions,More Button

5. to report in detail on the cost of savings related to each of its recommendations and advise on their relative priorities.More Button

6. to advise the Minister for Social Welfare on the implementation of an anti-poverty plan, the establishment of an organisation to combat poverty and the introduction of a new and comprehensive E...More Button

7. to examine and report on the relative responsibilities of the Development of Social Welfare and Labour and of their respective offices with respect to the unemployed, income maintenance, traini...More Button

8. to consider and report to the Minister for Social Welfare on any specific matter that he may wish to have examined from time to time,More Button

9. to issue its review and recommendations in a report to the Minister for Social Welfare not later than two years from the date of establishment which may be published with the authority of the G...More Button

The commission's report is expected to be furnished towards the end of this year. The members of the commission are as follows:More Button

Mr. John Curry, Director of the National Social Services Board, Chairman.More Button

Dr. Eugene McCarthy, Director, Federated Union of Employers.More Button

Mr. Peter Cassels, Secretary, Protective Legislation Committee, ICTU.More Button

Mr. Hugh McNeill, Personnel Director, Irish Cement Ltd.More Button

Dr. David Rottman, Senior Research Officer, The Economic and Social Research Institute.More Button

Mr. Tony Brown, Economist, Irish Sugar Company.More Button

Ms. Eithne Fitzgerald, Economist.More Button

Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, Research Fellow on Poverty, U.C.D.More Button

Miss Ann Lavan, Lecturer in Social Policy and Social Work, U.C.D.More Button

Mr. R. Doyle, Superintendent Community Welfare Officer, Waterford.More Button

Mr. Bob Cashman, former President, Society of St. Vincent de Paul.More Button

Mr. Frank Masterson, Former Chairman, I.F.A. Taxation Committee.More Button

Interim Board of the Combat Poverty OrganisationMore Button

An Interim Board of the Combat Poverty Organisation was established in March 1984. Its terms of reference were:More Button

1. To submit to the Minister by the end of June 1984 its recommendations with regard to the structure, membership, staffing etc. of a permanent anti-poverty agency and the detailed terms of refere...More Button

2. To advise the Minister on the Irish input into the forthcoming EC poverty programme.More Button

3. To submit recommendations to the Minister when requested on any applications for funding on behalf of projects concerned with poverty which the board considers deserving of financial assistance.More Button

The interim board submitted its report on 30 July 1984.More Button

Legislation to establish a new combat poverty agency based on the board's recommendations has been introduced in the Seanad. The new agency will be set up as soon as possible after the legislation...More Button

The members of the interim board were:More Button

Mrs. Noreen Kearney (Chairperson), Lecturer in Social Work, Trinity College, Dublin.More Button

Mr. Tony Brown, Economist, Irish Sugar Company and Member of the Commission on Social Welfare.More Button

Mr. Peter Cassels, Economist and Social Affairs Officer, Irish Congress of Trade Unions and Member of the Commission on Social Welfare.More Button

Mr. John Hynes, Assistant Secretary, Department of Social Welfare.More Button

Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Science, University College Dublin and Member of the Commission on Social Welfare.More Button

Mr. Frank Masterson, Former Chairman of IFA Taxation and Credit Committee and member of the Commission on Social Welfare.More Button