Written answers

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Department of Social and Family Affairs

Social Welfare Benefits

5:00 am

Photo of Caoimhghín Ó CaoláinCaoimhghín Ó Caoláin (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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Question 181: To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will review the decision not to provide mortgage interest supplement in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Monaghan. [3039/11]

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Minister, Department of Defence; Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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Supplementary welfare allowance, which includes mortgage interest supplement, is administered on behalf of the Department by the Community Welfare Services division of the Health Service Executive (HSE). The HSE has advised that mortgage interest supplement was refused in this case on the grounds that the person concerned was not in a position to enter the mortgage at the time of the original application, that the amount payable was in excess of what the HSE considered to be reasonable to meet the applicant's residential and other needs and that the mortgage arrears are of such magnitude that payment of a supplement would not prevent repossession of the property. The HSE has further advised that the person concerned has appealed this decision to its designated Appeals Officer and a decision on entitlement will be made in due course.


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