Written answers

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Partial Capacity Benefit Scheme

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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126. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a decision has been made on an application for a partial capacity benefit by a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37394/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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Partial Capacity Benefit allows a person who has been in receipt of Illness Benefit for six months or Invalidity Pension and who may not have full capacity for work, to return to employment and continue to receive a full or partial payment from the Department.

The rate of payment is based on the assessment of the person's restriction on capacity for work; either moderate, severe or profound and the person retains 50%, 75%, or 100% of their Illness Benefit payment respectively.

The Partial Capacity Benefit claim from the person concerned has been processed. A letter will issue shortly informing him that he has been assessed as having a moderate restriction on his capacity for work.

There may be an over issue of payment to be dealt with by the Invalidity Pension section of the Department due to payment being issued on that scheme after the return to work date of 14/09/2020.  The customer will be contacted directly by Invalidity Pension section regarding this matter.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.

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