Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Working Family Payment Appeals

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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1136. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if an appeal lodged in July 2019 will be expedited for a person (details supplied); the status of the matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2908/20]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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Working Family Payment (WFP) is an income tested, in-work payment which provides additional financial support to employees on low earnings with children relative to family size.

The person concerned was awarded WFP on 15 July 2019.

They appealed the rate of WFP awarded and their appeal was submitted to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO) for determination.

Following a successful appeal to the SWAO, the Department's decision of 15 July 2019 was revised accordingly. The revised Appeals Officer's decision was implemented on 08 January 2020.

The Department notified the person concerned of the revised decision on 08 January 2020. 

All arrears owing were issued to their selected financial account on 16 January 2020. 

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy. 

The person concerned was notified of this decision on 08 January 2020.


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