Written answers

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Social Welfare Code

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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344. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her Department will desist from persons on jobseeker's allowance for various courses as in the case of a person (details supplied); if other requirements might be deferred until they can achieve housing accommodation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44117/19]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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I am advised that this customer’s Jobseeker’s Allowance claim was closed on 28th September 2019 when, with her agreement, she commenced on the TÚS Programme on 30th September 2019 for 19.5 hours per week.  She subsequently requested, and was granted, permission to commence a part time course.  As the customer’s chosen course is for 4 hours per week, this will not impact her placement on the TÚS Programme and her employment can be arranged to accommodate the requirements of the course. 

It is the policy of the Department that customers experiencing homelessness can be excused from activation for at least 3 months, unless they choose to take part.  The requirement for activation can be reviewed after 3 months on a case by case basis.

If the customer’s circumstances have changed she should discuss same with her TÚS supervisor.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.


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