Written answers

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Department of Social and Family Affairs

Social Welfare Benefits

12:00 pm

Photo of Rory O'HanlonRory O'Hanlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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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]

Photo of Mary HanafinMary Hanafin (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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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.

Photo of Eamon GilmoreEamon Gilmore (Dún Laoghaire, Labour)
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Question 375: To ask the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the entitlements of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10413/10]

Photo of Mary HanafinMary Hanafin (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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Due to staff action currently being taken, I regret that I am unable to provide the information sought by the Deputy.

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