Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
976. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the decision to cease the child benefit of a person (details supplied) on the grounds that the person is no longer in the country will be reconsidered in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and the particular circumstances. [10628/20]
Entitlement to Child Benefit is reviewed on a case by case basis, with due consideration given to difficulties arising due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Each case is assessed on its own merit taking full account of the individual circumstances.
In the case of the person concerned, Child Benefit was paid up to 31/05/2020. Correspondence issued to the person concerned via email on the 7th May 2020 requesting details of her circumstances including any relevant travel documents concerning her absence from the state. A response has been received and the case has been reviewed based on the evidence provided. Payment of Child Benefit has been restored with effect from the 1st June 2020. She will receive her normal monthly payment in July, along with the arrears due for June.
I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.