Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Jobseeker's Allowance Payments

Photo of Seán SherlockSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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1266. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of jobseeker's payments being made while applicants are unable to apply in person for employment due to Covid-19 restrictions. [6580/20]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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All customers making a claim for, or in receipt of, a jobseekers payment must satisfy the deciding officer that they fulfil the conditions for receipt of a payment under that scheme. The genuinely seeking work and availability requirements remain for all jobseekers and the deciding officer is obliged to take into account the individual circumstances of the customer and the prevailing economic situation while having regard to the conditions of the scheme. 

A person may make an application for a jobseekers payment on-line through where possible or by post if they wish.  An application may also be made in the normal way to their local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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