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Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Poverty Impact Assessment (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: The most up to date data on poverty in Ireland is contained in the CSO’s annual Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) results. The latest statistical data available from the CSO Survey on Income and Living Conditions (and from Eurostat) are used to analyse trends in official poverty measures and other supporting indicators. The official Government approved poverty measure...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Community Employment Schemes Eligibility (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: The interim revised retirement arrangements announced recently by the Government affect public servants only and have been introduced to enable those reaching 65 years of age to remain in place, if they so wish, until they reach the age of eligibility for the contributory State Pension (age 66 at present). Community Employment (CE) participants and supervisors are employees of private...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: Social welfare legislation provides that where an applicant for state pension (contributory) who had previously been employed, became a self-employed contributor on 6 April 1988, the date on which the person first entered insurance, or the date of 6 April 1988, whichever is the more favourable, shall be regarded as their date of entry into insurance for pension eligibility purposes. As...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Departmental Staff Data (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: The total number of Departmental staff, by premises and grade, working for my Department in Drogheda is summarised in the following table. Department Premises Assistant Principal Higher Executive Officer Executive Officer Clerical  Officer Temporary Clerical  Officer Service  Officer TOTAL Remarks Intreo Custom House Quay, Drogheda 1 8.8 16.1 22.5 1 1 50.4 Includes 1 x EO...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Appeals Status (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an oral hearing of the appeal of the person concerned took place on 21 November 2017. At the oral hearing, the appellant was asked to submit additional documentation which has been received. The Appeals Officer is now considering the appeal in the light of all of the evidence submitted, including that adduced at the oral hearing. The...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Carer's Allowance Applications (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: An application for carer's allowance (CA) was received from the person concerned on 2 November 2017. The application was awarded to the person concerned on 9 January 2018 and the first payment will issue to her nominated post office on 18 January 2018. Arrears of allowance due from 2 November 2017 to 8 January 2018 have also issued. The person concerned was notified on 9 January 2018 of this...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Benefits (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: The cost of increasing the rates specified by the Deputy by 1% is €53.2 million in a full year. The breakdown of this cost is detailed in the following table: Scheme Cost €m Maternity Benefit 2.5 Adoptive Benefit 0.0 Child Benefit 20.45 Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance 0.5 Working...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Carer's Allowance Appeals (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: The person concerned was notified of the decision to disallow his Carer's Allowance application on 18 July 2017 and given the right of review or appeal. The person concerned appealed this decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. A notice of appeal was received by Carer’s Allowance Section on 14 August 2017 requesting a statement from the Deciding Officer showing the extent to...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Appointments to State Boards (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: A recruitment process to fill the post of Chief Executive Officer of the Citizens Information Board (CIB), vacated on 25 August, 2014, was conducted by the Public Appointments Service (PAS). The selection process implemented by PAS was in accordance with the Commission for Public Service Appointment’s relevant Code of Practice. On completion of the selection process, PAS made a...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Domiciliary Care Allowance Appeals (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer on 4 January 2018, who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection and...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: State Pension (Contributory) Applications (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: The person concerned was awarded the maximum rate of state pension (contributory) from their 66thbirthday. The applicant was notified of this decision in writing on 30 November 2017. Due arrears of pension issued to the person concerned on 5 January 2018. I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: State Pension (Contributory) Applications (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: The customer was awarded a reduced rate of State pension contributory from 14thFebruary, 2014 and also an allowance was awarded for his wife as a qualified adult which is a means tested component of the award. He subsequently applied for the means tested State pension non-contributory in his own right on 6 September 2017 and following investigation of the claim this was awarded with effect...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: The person’s state pension (contributory) entitlement was reviewed and the person concerned was notified in writing of the outcome on 19 December 2017. The inclusion of additional low- rate voluntary contributions paid for the tax year 1973/74 did not alter the person’s state pension (contributory) weekly rate of entitlement. The person’s entitlement to a mixed insurance...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Community Employment Drug Rehabilitation Projects (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: The focus of the Community Employment (CE) drug schemes is on rehabilitation, personal/social development and training for progression and re-integration into community and working life. The delivery of the dedicated drug rehabilitation programme framework requires an integrated approach involving multi-agency co-operation with the HSE; Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs); community;...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Community Employment Schemes Eligibility (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: As the Deputy is aware, one of the eligibility requirements to participate on Community Employment (CE) is that a person must be in receipt of a qualifying payment from my Department for a minimum period of 12 months. People who do not qualify for a social welfare payment but are signing for credited PRSI contributions (credits), do not meet the current eligibility requirements for...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: State Pension (Contributory) Appeals (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that in appeals for State Pension (Contributory), where it appears that the reason for the Deciding Officer’s decision may not have been fully understood, the letter of appeal is referred to the State Pension (Contributory) Section requesting that the decision be clarified to the person concerned. In the case of the person concerned I...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: The information requested by the Deputy is detailed in the tabular statement. Recipients of the back to work enterprise allowance at 31 December in each of the years 2015 to 2017 County 2015 2016 2017 Carlow 185 204 165 Cavan 280 250 245 Clare 420 424 339 Cork 795 755 747 Donegal 421 410 390 Dublin 2,926 2,501 2,212 Galway 664 580 486 Kerry 392 374 316...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Rent Supplement Scheme Payments (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: On 6/9/17 the person concerned was requested to provide the Department with a SWA 3A Rent Supplement Review Form. This was requested as part of a review of their Rent Supplement entitlement. According to the records of the Department this form has not, to-date, been received. On receipt of outstanding documentation, entitlement will be re-assessed. I trust this clarifies the matter for the...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Departmental Funding (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: My Department provides funding to organisations for the undertaking of specific tasks. No funding has been provided by my Department to organisations in relation to the repeal or retention of the Eight Amendment. Funding provided by my Department is paid in accordance with public financial procedures.

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Rural Social Scheme (16 Jan 2018)

Regina Doherty: The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) is managed by 35 Local Development Companies (LDCs) and by Údarás Na Gaeltachta. As the Deputy will be aware, many rural areas are benefitting from the services provided by the RSS and the scheme has a positive impact on the livelihoods of farming families and rural communities. Supervisors are employed to support RSS participants and have a contract...

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