Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Illness Benefit Payments
1159. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a backdated illness benefit for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3227/20]
The Department received an Illness Benefit claim from the person concerned on the 11thApril 2019. This claim was awarded and payment backdated 6 months from 12thNovember 2018 to 16thMay 2019.
Upon reviewing the claim, it has been decided to backdate the claim to April 2018 due to the nature of his illness. Arrears due for this period have issued directly to the person concerned, paying him his full entitlement under the Illness Benefit scheme.
The person concerned was entitled to 52 weeks or 312 payable days of illness benefit and has received PRSI credited contributions for the remainder of his claim.
I am advised that the person concerned has also been contacted by an Officer from the department and the decision explained to him in full.
I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.