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Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Payments Administration (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: My Department introduced a series of measures to maintain social welfare payments while assisting with social distancing measures designed to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.  Fortnightly payments were introduced to minimise the need for people to attend and queue in banks or post offices to collect payments, so helping people restrict their movements to essential activities...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Back to Education Allowance (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The back to education allowance (BTEA) provides income support for jobseekers and certain others in receipt of social welfare payments who pursue courses of education at second or third level.  The main focus of the BTEA is to assist qualifying applicants to improve their educational qualifications and improve their prospects of gaining employment. At the end of April 2020 there...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The COVID 19 pandemic unemployment payment was introduced as a time limited emergency measure in response to the pandemic and Government has approved the extension of this payment until 10 August 2020. The conditions for receipt of this payment are that a person must be of working age between 18 and up to 66 years old, have been in employment immediately before 13 March 2020 and have lost...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Carer's Support Grant (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Government acknowledges the crucial role that family carers play and is fully committed to supporting carers in that role.  This commitment is recognised in both the Programme for Government and the National Carers’ Strategy. The main income supports to carers provided by my Department are Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit and the Carer’s Support...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Pandemic Unemployment Payment was the most effective and remarkable emergency response in the history of our nation’s social welfare system.  In the space of days, we provided assistance to over 600,000 people who lost their income suddenly and without warning.  At a time of great stress and worry about the health effects of Covid-19, the introduction of the payment...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: People in receipt of Jobseekers Transition, One Parent Family Payment, Working Family Payment and Carers payment can receive the COVID 19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) as well as their primary payment.  PUP effectively acts as a replacement for the loss of employment income in these cases. Where a person’s previous gross weekly earnings were €200 or higher there...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Youth Unemployment (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: Government policy to reduce youth unemployment, is twofold: - to create an environment in which business can succeed and create jobs; and - to ensure that as many of these new jobs and other vacancies that arise in our economy are filled by people taken from the Live Register, including young people.   This policy approach was effective in reducing youth...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Schemes Data (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the number of young persons under 25 years of age that are in receipt of jobseeker's benefit, jobseeker's allowance and signing for credits is detailed by age and scheme in the tabular statement. Young persons under 25 years of age that are in receipt of jobseeker's benefit, jobseeker's allowance and signing for credits at the end of May...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Schemes Data (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the number of young persons under 25 years of age that are in receipt of jobseeker's benefit, jobseeker's allowance and signing for credits is detailed by age and scheme in the tabular statement. Young persons under 25 years of age that are in receipt of jobseeker's benefit, jobseeker's allowance and signing for credits at the end of May...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Rent Supplement Scheme (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: Lead responsibility for the development and provision of services to support victims of domestic violence rests with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.  The co-ordination of the services addressing the needs of these customers is managed by The Child and Family Agency, Tusla.  Victims of domestic violence accommodation needs are met through this joined-up service delivery...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Jobseeker's Allowance (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The information requested by the Deputy in respect of  the number of young persons aged 25 years of age and under, that are in receipt of the full rate of jobseeker’s allowance of €203 per week is detailed in the tabular statement. The number of young persons aged 25 years of age and under, that are in receipt of the full rate of jobseeker’s allowance of €203...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Departmental Bodies (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1035, 1037, 1038 and 1040 together. I convened the Labour Market Advisory Council earlier this year at a time when the economic landscape and outlook was very different to the conditions we are facing today. The key challenge facing my Department and the Intreo Service at that time was how to increase participation rates in an economy that was at full...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Jobseeker's Allowance (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The age-related  jobseeker’s allowance rate of €112.70 generally applies to young jobseekers aged 18-24 to incentivise them to engage in education or training which will improve their chances of obtaining full time sustainable employment.  Where a young jobseeker participates in education or training they can receive the maximum weekly personal rate of...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Jobseeker's Allowance (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: A reduced rate of €112.70 generally applies for younger jobseeker’s allowance recipients aged 18-24 to protect them from welfare dependency by providing them with a strong financial incentive to participate in education or training to improve their chances of obtaining sustainable full time employment. Currently the weekly personal rate for jobseeker’s allowance...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Departmental Expenditure (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has not procured a social media monitoring service and therefore, no costs have been incurred in 2018 or 2019.

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: School Meals Programme (9 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: I propose to take Questions Nos. 629, 667 and 668 together. The school meals programme provides funding towards the provision of food to some 1,580 schools and organisations benefitting 250,000 children. The objective of the scheme is to provide regular, nutritious food to children who are unable, due to lack of good quality food, to take full advantage of the education provided to them....

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

Regina Doherty: I propose to take Questions Nos. 630, 633 and 634 together. Due to current restrictions to support public health initiatives, access to the Civil Registration Service offices is greatly restricted and civil marriage ceremonies cannot proceed, other than in exceptional circumstances such as those involving the risk of death to one of the parties to a marriage. The Health Service...

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. 631, 645, 647, 672, 674, 675, 677 and 687 together. The COVID-19 pandemic unemployment payment was introduced as a time limited emergency measure in response to the pandemic for an initial 12 week period. The Government has, as of last Friday, approved the extension of this payment until 10th August. Changes were also announced to the structure of this...

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

Regina Doherty: I am somewhat unclear as to the particulars of the case referred to by the Deputy, however, it is important to note a number of key points. Firstly, let me set out the current legislation as it pertains to annual leave. The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 sets out the key parameters for the taking of annual leave and payment for same. The times at which annual leave is granted is...

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

Regina Doherty: I propose to take Questions Nos. 635, 669 and 671 together. The enhanced illness benefit payment is available where a registered medical practitioner or a HSE medical officer of health diagnoses a person with COVID 19 or identifies him or her as a probable source of infection. The payment is for a limited period and at a rate of €350 to ensure that the person can comply with medical...

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