Written answers

Friday, 7 September 2018

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Partial Capacity Benefit Scheme Applications

Photo of Tom NevilleTom Neville (Limerick County, Fine Gael)
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1234. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision on a partial capacity benefit application by a person (details supplied) will issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36075/18]

Photo of Finian McGrathFinian McGrath (Dublin Bay North, Independent)
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Partial Capacity Benefit (PCB) is a social welfare scheme which allows a person who has been in receipt of Illness Benefit for six months and who may not have full capacity for work, to return to employment and continue to receive a partial or full payment from my Department.  An Illness Benefit customer who applies for PCB will, in the first instance, be assessed by a Medical Assessor who will review the restriction, if any, on their capacity for work.  A person assessed with a moderate level of work incapacity will receive 50% of their current payment, a person assessed with a severe level will receive 75% of their payment and a person assessed with a profound level will get full payment.

The person concerned currently has a claim for Illness Benefit and has made an application for Partial Capacity Benefit (PCB). This application was received on 9 July 2018 and has been referred to a Medical Assessor for an opinion on the level of work restriction.  The person concerned has now had their application assessed and a letter has issued to her with the result. 

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.


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