Written answers

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Department of Social Protection

Jobseeker's Allowance Eligibility

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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299. To ask the Minister for Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 213 of 2 November 2016, if he will address the issues raised in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36185/16]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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The situation in relation to this person’s entitlements was explained in replying to the deputy’s most recent PQ in the matter - reference number 32749-16. As the matter stands there has been no claim made to the Department in respect of the period involved from when he was disallowed jobseekers allowance at an address in Kildare, subsequently upheld on Appeal, and him making a new claim for jobseekers allowance at the family home in Dublin 15.

Therefore, as there has been no claim to investigate for this period, the Department cannot comment on the specific matters raised in the deputy’s current question. However, as previously advised in earlier replies, he is free to present any additional or new evidence in relation to the decision to the decision of the Appeals Office whereupon the Department may consider a revised decision or referring the matter for the attention of the Appeals Office. Similarly, any additional or new evidence in respect of the decision to award him jobseekers allowance since May 2016 should be brought to the attention of the Department for consideration.

I trust this clarifies matters for the Deputy.


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