Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Department of Social and Family Affairs
Social Welfare Benefits
Question 374: To ask the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the plans she has with the Department of Social Services in the UK to expedite the claims process for illness benefit for persons who live in one jurisdiction and claim in another jurisdiction; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10387/10]
Claims for illness benefit made to the Department, based on an Irish insurance record, from persons who are resident in the UK are processed in the same manner as claims from individuals who are resident in this State. There are no particular delays at present in processing such claims.
Claims for illness/sickness benefit made to the UK authorities, based on a UK insurance record, from persons who are resident in this State are processed in the same manner as claims from individuals who are resident in the UK. The Department is not aware of any difficulties or delays in the processing of such claims and have not, therefore, been in recent contact with the UK authorities in relation to cases of this nature.