Written answers

Wednesday, 25 January 2006

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Asylum Support Services

8:00 pm

Photo of Joe CostelloJoe Costello (Dublin Central, Labour)
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Question 1081: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when payments of €19.10 to an adult and €9.60 for a child made to asylum seekers in receipt of direct provision were last increased; his plans to increase same, in view of the significant increase in social welfare rates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40336/05]

Photo of Michael McDowellMichael McDowell (Dublin South East, Progressive Democrats)
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The direct provision system seeks to ensure that the accommodation and ancillary services provided by the State meet the requirements of asylum seekers during the period in which their requests for asylum are being processed. In addition, a direct provision allowance of €19.10 per adult and €9.60 per child was introduced some years ago and is paid by community welfare officers, operating under the aegis of the Department of Social and Family Affairs, who also have the discretion to make once-off exceptional needs payments in special situations. The direct provision allowance seeks to reflect the value of the above mentioned services to the asylum seeker and I have no plans to alter the amount.


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