Written answers

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Widow's Pension

Photo of James BrowneJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail)
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487. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if priority consideration will be given to a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20900/19]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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The person concerned has been awarded a widow's contributory pension at the weekly rate of €208.50 with effect from the 29th March 2019. In addition, the person was awarded fuel allowance of €22.50. This is a means tested seasonal payment which operates from October to April, to assist people with their winter heating costs.

Payment of pension, including arrears from 29 March 2019, will be lodged directly into the person's nominated account in a financial institution on 17 May 2019.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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