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Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Free Travel Scheme (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: The previous entitlement of the person concerned to a Free Travel Pass was linked to their Disability Allowance payment. Under the Make Work Pay initiative, the person is entitled to retain their Free Travel Pass for a period of 5 years after taking up employment. The persons Free Travel has accordingly been reinstated. I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.  

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Household Benefits Scheme (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: An application form for the Household Benefits Package has issued to the person concerned.  On receipt of the completed application, their entitlement will be examined.  The person will be notified, in writing, of the outcome.  I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: State Pension (Non-Contributory) Appeals (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: My Department has no record of receiving an appeal from the person concerned.  Following a review, the person's claim for state pension (non-contributory) was awarded, with effect from 7 September 2018, on 31 October 2019.The person concerned was notified of this decision in writing and their due arrears of pension were issued to the person concerned on 14 November...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Departmental Communications (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: My Department has arrangements in place to assist with identifying pension schemes members. Where the administrator of a pension scheme or a life company is unable to trace a member using their own resources, they can use my Department’s host mailing service. This is a contact only service whereby my Department forwards letters which contain minimal information to the last known...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Carer's Allowance Applications (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: Carer's allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance payment made to a person who is habitually resident in the State and who is providing full-time care and attention to a child or an adult who has such a disability that as a result they require that level of care. I confirm that my department received an application for CA from the person concerned on 18 June 2019. ...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Carer's Allowance Appeals (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 25 July 2019. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.  These papers...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Carer's Allowance Appeals (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 2 July 2019.   It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. These papers...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Labour Market (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: Estimating the cost to the Exchequer of introducing an extra bank holiday is outside the remit of my Department.  

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Departmental Staff Data (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: Recruitment to my Department is done on foot of competitions which are administered by the Public Appointments Service (PAS). Details of the number of staff recruited by way of various PAS competitions in the year to date are shown in the following table. The figures include existing staff who have been successful in PAS competitions. In addition to the permanent staff detailed in...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Appeals (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: The Chief Appeals Officer has advised me that the discussion in relation to the use of ‘test cases’ before the Joint Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection on 5th December 2019 related to a particular set of circumstances dating back to the early 1990s where a number of cases involving a number of employers in a particular sector were selected as so called 'test...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Services for People with Disabilities (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: Through the Disability Awareness Support Scheme (DASS), my Department provides financial assistance to private sector organisations to undertake staff development in order to assist the integration of people with disabilities into the workforce and to eliminate mistaken perceptions about the capacity of people with disabilities to be productive and effective employees and colleagues. This...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Farm Assist Scheme Data (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: The information requested by the Deputy is detailed in the tabular statement. The number of recipients of Farm Assist at the end of November 2019 by county. County Recipients Carlow 50 Cavan 208 Clare 248 Cork 436 Donegal 1,116 Dublin ...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Brexit Expenditure (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: My Department has not incurred any expenditure on advertising in respect of Brexit in 2018 or to date in 2019. I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy. 

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: School Meals Programme (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: The school meals programme provides funding towards the provision of food to some 1,580 schools and organisations benefitting 250,000 children at a total cost of €54 million in 2019.  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.  The...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Departmental Legal Cases Data (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: Costs incurred by the State in personal injury cases brought to court involving properties occupied by my Department are managed by the State Claims Agency. In accordance with financial procedures in cases involving compensation against the State such costs are incurred by the State Claims Agency.  The figures for the years requested are set out as follows: 2016 ...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Capital Expenditure Programme (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: My Department has a Headquarters Building and Intreo Centre in Dundalk and an Intreo Centre in Drogheda. The buildings are fitted out to modern standards and are regularly maintained. There has been no capital expenditure by my Department associated with these buildings over the past four years. I trust that this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Appeals (18 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: The Social Welfare Appeals Office was established in 1990 and operates independently of  the Department. The role of the Office is to determine appeals against decisions of Deciding Officers/Designated Persons of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection on social welfare entitlements and insurability of employment.  The main legislative provisions governing...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Community Employment Schemes Supervisors (17 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: The Community Employment Scheme (CE) is an active labour market programme designed to provide eligible long-term unemployed people and other disadvantaged persons with an opportunity to engage in useful work within their communities on a temporary, fixed term basis. The programme is delivered through independent Community Employment Sponsoring Bodies.  The contract agreement...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: JobPath Programme (17 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: To be in receipt of a Jobseeker's payment from my Department an individual must be capable of; available for and actively seeking full time employment. This applies to all individuals who are on a jobseeker's payment and are on the Live Register.  For those jobseekers up to the age of 62 they are required to engage with the Department’s activation services, including...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Carer's Allowance Eligibility (17 Dec 2019)

Regina Doherty: As part of Budget 2020, I announced that recipients of Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit and the Carer’s Support Grant would be allowed to increase the number of hours they can work, study or attend a training course, outside the home, from 15 to 18.5 hours per week.  An additional 1,200 family carers are expected to benefit from this...

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