Written answers

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Department of Social and Family Affairs

Social Welfare Benefits

2:30 pm

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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Question 172: To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will request the Health Service Executive and other State agencies to support a person (details supplied) now resident in the State with extended family in the aftermath of having care in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4571/11]

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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The HSE has advised that the person concerned was refused a basic weekly payment under the supplementary welfare allowance scheme in July 2010 as she was not considered habitually resident in the State, a decision that was upheld by the Appeals Office in the HSE in January 2011.

Photo of Olwyn EnrightOlwyn Enright (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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Question 173: To ask the Minister for Social Protection if an appeal regarding a claim for mortgage interest supplement has been received in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4598/11]

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 Health Service Executive (HSE).

The HSE has advised that the mortgage interest supplement claim for the person concerned was suspended for the period October 2010 to December 2010 pending receipt of documentation clarifying the employment status of the applicant. The HSE has stated that according to its records it has no record of having received an appeal against the decision to suspend the payment from the person concerned.

The HSE also advised that payment of mortgage interest supplement was re-instated from January 2011 and that the issue of any payment of arrears for the period October 2010 to December 2010 will be addressed upon receipt of the outstanding documentation.

The HSE has further advised that as a result of a change in circumstances it is currently reviewing the entitlement of the person in question and that it will advise the person concerned of its decision in due course.

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