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Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) was introduced by my Department in response to the Covid-19 pandemic emergency. As stipulated in the scheme guidelines both employees and self-employed people can apply for the payment if they satisfy a number of qualifying conditions as set out below. In order to qualify for the payment, the applicant must: - be aged between 18 and 66 years...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: State Pension (Contributory) (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: I propose to take Questions Nos. 637 and 638 together. In January 2018, I announced an interim total contributions approach (TCA) to the calculation of pension entitlement for those State pension (contributory) customers born on or after 1 September 1946 and in receipt of pension on post-2012 rates. This TCA provides for up to 20 years of HomeCaring Periods in the pension entitlement...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: State Pension (Contributory) (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Total Contributions Approach (TCA), when it is introduced, is intended to be a fairer and more transparent system where the person’s lifetime contribution will be more closely reflected in the benefit received. Consultation is a very important part of the development and design of such a new approach. With this in mind, a public consultation on the design of the TCA was...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Community Employment Schemes (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: Firstly, I wish to acknowledge the valuable and dedicated service that the supervisor in question has provided throughout her tenure, and that of the CE sponsoring bodies in running CE schemes throughout the country along with the wide range of employment opportunities offered. CE is an active labour market programme designed to provide eligible long-term unemployed people and others with...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The COVID 19 pandemic unemployment payment was introduced as an emergency measure to meet the surge in unemployment which resulted from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. For self-employed people, they must have experienced a collapse of income and be available to take up other full-time work if it was available to them in order to qualify. If the person's sole source of income...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: I can confirm that the Government has extended the suspension of redundancy provisions relating to temporary lay-off and short-time work which arose as a result of Covid-19 until 10th August 2020. A temporary suspension of these provisions was introduced on 13th March under new emergency measures as the existing provisions were not considered adequate to deal with the Covid-19 crisis....

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Respite Care Grant (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Carer's Support Grant is an annual payment made to carers by my Department. I can confirm that my department received an application for the Carer’s Support Grant (CSG) for 2018 from the person concerned on 13 March 2020. It is a condition of the Carers Support Grant that a person may apply for the grant in any given year from 8 weeks before the date on which the grant is...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business sets out how COVID 19 restrictions will gradually be lifted. However, I am aware of the issues for workers with childcare responsibilities, particularly for those working on the front line. The Government has requested employers to be as flexible as possible in allowing staff, which could include partners of frontline workers, time off to...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Carer's Allowance (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: Carer's allowance (CA) 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 care. An increased payment can be made where full-time care is being provided to two people. Two applications for CA were received from the person concerned on 27 March 2019 in respect of two...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Disability Allowance (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 28 May 2020. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these papers have been received from the Department, the case in question will be referred...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The COVID-19 unemployment payment was introduced as a time limited emergency measure to meet the surge in unemployment which resulted from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This payment was introduced at a time of limited travel restrictions in the interest of necessary public health measures. The payment is payable to people while in the State and there is no provision to pay this...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Appeals (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 12 May 2020. The Office is aware that the person concerned stated that she sent in her appeal at the end of February but, unfortunately, there is no record of the appeal being received at that time. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Disability Allowance (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 13 May 2020. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these papers have been received from the Department the case in question will be referred...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Community Employment Schemes (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the valuable and dedicated service that CE sponsoring bodies provide in running CE schemes throughout the country. CE supervisors, as employees of those organisations, are an integral part of that good work. CE is an active labour market programme designed to provide eligible long-term unemployed people and others with an opportunity to engage in...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Public Services Card (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The SAFE registration process, which my Department uses to authenticate a person's identity, is a face-to-face process which results in the issuing of a Public Services Card (PSC). Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, my Department has temporarily suspended the SAFE registration process. This decision was taken in order to comply with HSE and WHO guidelines in respect of social...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Jobseeker's Allowance (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: Under Social Welfare legislation students are disqualified from receiving jobseekers allowance while attending a course of study, including school or college holiday periods and for the 3 month period after completing the Leaving Certificate or leaving second level education. Following the cancellation of this year's Leaving Certificate Examination, these students will be eligible to apply...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Cycle to Work Scheme (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The information required by the Deputy is provided in the table below. Cycle to Work Amounts by Year for the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection Request Year No. of Applications Total Cost 2014 214 €164,441.95 2015 237 €185,129.54 ...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Rent Supplement Scheme (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: I propose to take Questions Nos. 656 and 680 to 682, inclusive, together. Rent supplement continues to play a key role in supporting families and individuals in private rented accommodation, with the scheme currently supporting approximately 21,150 recipients. The scheme provides short-term income support, to eligible people living in private rented accommodation whose means are insufficient...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Child Benefit (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: Child benefit is a monthly payment made to families with children in respect of all qualified children up to the age of 16 years. The payment continues to be paid in respect of children until their 18th birthday who are in full-time education, or who have a disability. Child benefit is currently paid, as of end-March 2020, to over 638,400 families in respect of over 1.2 million children...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: I propose to take Questions Nos. 658 and 676 together. The emergency Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment has been introduced as a time-limited emergency measure so that payments can be made as quickly as possible to the large number of people who have become fully unemployed due to the pandemic. During the month of March, my Department received and processed jobseeker claims equivalent...

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