Doherty, Regina

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Carer's Allowance Applications

Was asked: the status of an application for a carer's allowance by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I confirm that the Department received an application for Carer's Allowance (CA) from the person concerned on 23 June 2017 in respect of her parents.

  It is a condition for re...More Button

Was asked: the status of applications for carer's allowance and domiciliary care allowance by a person (details supplied).More Button

Carer’s allowance (CA) can only be paid in respect of care recipients aged less than 16 years where domiciliary care allowance (DCA) is being paid in respect of that care recipient.

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Was asked: when an application by a person (details supplied) will be processed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Carer's allowance is a means-tested social assistance payment, made to persons who are providing full-time care and attention to a person who has such a disability that they require that level of c...More Button

Community Employment Schemes Administration

Was asked: if a charge of €100 for a community organisation in County Donegal that has a Tús participant working in the organisation is a countrywide charge or if this is a charge introduced by a company (det...More Button

As the Deputy is aware Tús is a community work placement initiative designed to provide short-term, work opportunities for those who are unemployed for more than a year. The scheme is delivered th...More Button

There are no specific charges set by the Department for Tús participants on a work placement However the terms and conditions of the Tús scheme do not preclude an Implementing Body from seeking a...More Button

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.More Button

Domiciliary Care Allowance Applications

Was asked: the status of an application for a domiciliary care allowance by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of applications for a domiciliary care allowance declined at first instance; the number appealed; the outcome of those appeals; and the average time for applications under the domiciliar...More Button

Fuel Allowance Eligibility

Was asked: the reason her Department and Tús do not inform employment support scheme participants of their entitlement to fuel allowance prior to entering such a scheme in view of the fact that, due to a tech...More Button

The fuel allowance is a payment of €22.50 per week from October to April, to some 376,000 low income households to assist them with their energy costs. The allowance represents a contribution towa...More Button

The fuel allowance scheme is widely advertised. To qualify for a fuel allowance, a jobseeker must satisfy a number of conditions, including being in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance for at least...More Button

Participants on Tús and other employment support schemes can be paid the fuel allowance where they applied for and were awarded the allowance prior to commencing on the scheme and where they sati...More Button

However, if there is a change in circumstances e.g. where the Tús participant has an underlying entitlement to fuel allowance, but is not in receipt of the allowance because another member of the...More Button

The guidelines for the fuel allowance scheme are kept under review. Any decision to extend the eligibility criteria for fuel allowance to allow persons on Tús to accrue entitlement to the allowa...More Button

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.More Button

Family Income Supplement

Was asked: the detail of the family income supplement, FIS, scheme; and the families that are entitled to same. More Button

Family Income Supplement (FIS) which was introduced in 1984 is a social welfare payment which provides an income support for employees on low earnings with families. The main provisions are contai...More Button

Social Insurance Data

Was asked: if contributions records requested by Deputies on behalf of persons who have no broadband or who are not familiar with computers will continue to issue to persons in the interest of equality and fa...More Button

The Department is committed to providing a contribution record statement to all customers who require one and will provide this in written copy by phone request in the case of customers who are not...More Button

Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will be reached in the case of an appeal by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

 I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an oral hearing of the appeal of the person concerned took place on 9 March 2017. Shortly after the oral hearing the Appeals Off...More Button

Was asked: if an oral hearing can be facilitated to determine an appeal in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer on 1 November 2017, who will make a summary decision on the appeal based o...More Button

Was asked: when an application by a person (details supplied) will be processed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Driver Test

Was asked: the reason the public services card is required as proof of identity to sit the driver theory test; if an in date passport will suffice instead; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.More Button

Social Welfare Benefits Eligibility

Was asked: the families and persons that are entitled to fuel allowance and the new telephone allowance.More Button

The fuel allowance is a payment of €22.50 per week from October to April, to 376,000 low income households to assist them with their energy costs. The allowance represents a contribution towards t...More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Data

Was asked: the number of rent supplement tenancies active on 31 December in each of the years since the payment was introduced to 2017, in tabular form; and the annual cost of the scheme for each of these yea...More Button

Rent supplement plays a vital role in housing families and individuals, with the scheme supporting approximately 36,200 recipients for which the Government has provided €253 million for in 2017. More Button

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme

Was asked: if a person on farm assist would still qualify for the back to work enterprise allowance were they to participate on the rural social scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) is designed to provide a monetary incentive for people who are dependent on certain social welfare payments to develop an enterprise, while allowing th...More Button

In the case of individuals in receipt of Farm Assist, the qualifying period required for access to the BTWEA is 9 months provided that the self-employment is not in relation to their holding and ...More Button

Periods spent on the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) count towards the qualifying period provided they are preceded by a qualifying payment. Following a period on RSS an applicant will have to re-estab...More Button

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy. More Button

State Pension (Contributory) Applications

Was asked: when applications lodged for State pensions by persons (details supplied) will be processed; the reason for the non-granting of a State pension (contributory) to date; and if she will make a statem...More Button

The persons concerned are a couple who both have contributions records based on self-employment.

  Since one member of the couple has not yet applied for the state pension (con...More Button

Domiciliary Care Allowance Data

Was asked: the number of persons in receipt of both domiciliary carer's allowance and a housing support payment (details supplied) in each of the years 2014 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will make a...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy, in relation to housing support payments administered by this Department, is detailed in the following table:

  The Rental Accommodation S...More Button

Disability Allowance Applications

Was asked: when an application by a person (details supplied) will be processed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the decision to refuse disability allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) will be reviewed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Invalidity Pension Applications

Was asked: when an application by a person (details supplied) will be processed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Social Welfare Benefits Reviews

Was asked: the basis on which a conclusion was reached that a person (details supplied) is cohabiting; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person concerned was in receipt of the Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Non-Contributory) Pension. In the course of a review of the entitlement, the claimant advised the inspec...More Button

Carer's Allowance Payments

Was asked: if she will review the case of a person (details supplied) who has been in receipt of a carer's allowance for some time to care for a relative; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Carer's Allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance payment, made to a person who is providing full-time care and attention to a person who has a disability such that they require that level...More Button

JobPath Programme

Was asked: the number of persons who have received penalties in their social welfare payments as a result of non-compliance with the JobPath programme, by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is a service that supports people who are long-term unemployed and those most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. More Button

The service commenced operations in mid-2015, and reached full State-wide delivery of the service in July 2016. More Button

It is important to note that the rules and processes for the application of a reduced rate of payment are the same across all of the Department’s activation services, whether they are delivered d...More Button

Only a departmental official - and not contractor’s staff - can make a decision to apply a reduced rate of payment. Contractors have no role in the decision making process. The process with reg...More Button

Up to the end of September approximately 7000, or 5.8% of all clients who engaged with the JobPath service have had, at some point, a penalty rate applied to their payment: some of these clients...More Button

I hope this clarifies the matter for the deputy.More Button

State Pension (Contributory)

Was asked: when the pensions report will be published (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is my intention to introduce a Total Contributions Approach to the calculation of the State Pension (Contributory) from 2020 onwards and I’ll be bringing forward proposals in this regard in the ...More Button

Citizen Information Services

Was asked: the amount spent on consultations for MABS and Citizens Information Services in the context of restructuring plans by the Citizens Information Board; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In February 2017, the Board of Citizens Information Board (CIB) decided to change the governance model from ninety three local Citizens Information Services (CIS) and Money Advice and Budgeting Se...More Button

CIB has established an implementation group to progress the change. The group will have a local rolling membership element in order to harness the necessary skills and expertise as the regional ...More Button

As part of its communications campaign, since the decision was made, CIB has undertaken 14 regional consultations and a series of focus groups, to examine and discuss some of the key aspects...More Button

The regional consultation costs incurred by CIB amounted to € 28,263. This includes €17,348 in respect of room hire costs and independent facilitator costs of €10,915. Where incurred, the cost...More Button

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy. More Button

Social Welfare Appeals Status

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive a decision on a social welfare appeal.More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer on 27 September 2017, who will make a summary decision on the appeal based...More Button

Disability Allowance Payments

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) qualified for payment of disability allowance for six weeks after death with a view to meeting funeral costs; if an exceptional needs payment can be made for funeral ...More Button

Invalidity Pension Eligibility

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) qualifies for invalidity pension in view of their serious condition following a fire some years ago and the fact they have been in receipt of disability allowance in ...More Button

Disability Allowance Eligibility

Was asked: if the case of a person (details supplied) will be reviewed in view of the fact that they have submitted a reasonable explanation in respect of their means and have a dependent spouse and son; and ...More Button