Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Department of Social Protection

Illness Benefit Payments

Photo of Willie PenroseWillie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour)
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51. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will ensure payment due to a person (details supplied) who is now deceased is paid out to that person's spouse without delay; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45795/15]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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An application for illness benefit from the person concerned was made from 24 Nov 2015. From 6 January 2014 no illness benefit payment is made for the first 6 days of illness. This means that a person concerned would not have been entitled to illness benefit for the first 6 days of their claim. The person concerned passed away on 29 November 2015, illness benefit is therefore not payable for this claim.

There is no record in my department of an application for widower's contributory pension (WCP) having been received from the spouse of the person concerned. Therefore, I have arranged for an application form to issue to them. On receipt of the completed application, entitlement to WCP will be examined and the spouse of the person concerned will be notified of the outcome.

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