Written answers

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Department of Social Protection

Jobseeker's Benefit Applications

Photo of Jack WallJack Wall (Kildare South, Labour)
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141. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection why a person (details supplied) in County Kildare is only entitled to a reduced rate of jobseekers benefit or allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4344/16]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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The rate of illness benefit payable is determined by the average weekly earnings in the governing contribution year. For claims made in 2016 the governing contribution year is 2014. For earnings of €300.00 per week or more, the maximum rate of €188.00 will be payable. If the earnings are less than €300.00 per week, a graduated rate is payable.

A claim to illness benefit from the person concerned was registered on 28 January 2016. The person concerned has average weekly earnings in the 2014 governing contribution year of €208.00. A graduated rate of €121.40 will therefore apply to this illness benefit claim.

If the person concerned is unable to meet their needs or the needs of their household, they may be entitled to supplementary welfare allowance and should contact the department's community welfare services at their local Intreo centre.


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