Written answers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Department of Social Protection

Jobseeker's Allowance Payments

Photo of Dan NevilleDan Neville (Limerick, Fine Gael)
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143. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding jobseeker's backdated payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47053/14]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour)
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The person concerned made an application for jobseeker’s allowance on 3 July 2014 and was scheduled for an appointment on 15 July 2014. He attended this appointment and was given a form UP12 confirming his next signing day as 12 August 2014. He signed the copy of the UP12 confirming that he acknowledged his signing day.

His application was disallowed on 9 September 2014 by a Deciding Officer as it was deemed that he was not Genuinely Seeking Work (GSW). His claim was subsequently closed as he had failed to sign on his stated signing day of 12 August 2014.

The person concerned made a repeat claim on 2 October 2014 and this was accepted pending the outcome of the appeal and he was informed that no decision would be made on his new application until the appeal was decided.

The appeal was allowed by the Appeals office and the claim was awarded from 2 October 2014. The previous claim was closed as “not signed” and as there were no effective signatures, the claim was awarded from the date that he made his new claim.

The Person concerned made no request for backdating of his claim when he made his repeat claim.


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