Written answers

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Department of Social and Family Affairs

Social Welfare Benefits

9:00 pm

Photo of Ulick BurkeUlick Burke (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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Question 197: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the waiting time for applicants for jobseeker's allowance from date of application to approval or refusal at the following centres in County Galway during the years 2009 and to date in 2010: Loughrea, Gort, Tuam and Ballinasloe; the time taken for appeals to be processed at the same centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43059/10]

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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I am informed by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that the statistics requested by the Deputy are not maintained on a county by county or centre by centre basis. I can, however, provide the Deputy with data in relation to approvals and refusals for all Jobseeker's Allowance applications made by customers in the Loughrea, Gort, Tuam and Ballinasloe Local Offices. Tabular statements give details of approvals, refusals and average times in these offices. Customers who have applied for Jobseeker's Allowance may apply for Supplementary Welfare Allowance from their local Community Welfare Officer while they are awaiting a decision on their claim.

Table 1: Approvals, Refusals & Average Times for period: 01/01/2009 -31/12/2009

Jobseekers' AllowanceBallinasloeGortLoughreaTuamTotals
Total Awards1,0064618611,2803,608
Average Time to Award (wks)69121310
Total Disallowances13285103129449
Average Time to Disallow (wks)1116191816

Table 2: Approvals, Refusals & Average Times for period: 01/01/2010 – 31/10/2010

Jobseekers' AllowanceBallinasloeGortLoughreaTuamTotal
Total Awards9824109211,2463,559
Average Time to Award (wks)67998
Total Disallowances13665130164495
Average Time to Disallow (wks)1019161514

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