Written answers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Department of Social Protection

Illness Benefit Applications

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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139. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a benefit in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46980/14]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour)
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To qualify for illness benefit certain statutory PRSI insurance contribution conditions must be satisfied. One of these requires that the claimant have at least 104 reckonable contributions paid since entry into insurance. The person concerned has only 4 contributions paid. Illness Benefit could not, therefore, be paid to him. He is, however, receiving Supplementary Welfare at the maximum weekly rate of €186.00.


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