Written answers

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Living Alone Allowance

Photo of Kieran O'DonnellKieran O'Donnell (Limerick City, Fine Gael)
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301. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application for the living alone allowance by a person (details supplied); if the application will be backdated to 22 June 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39446/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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An application for the Living Alone Increase was received from the person concerned on 11 November 2020. The increase was awarded with effect from 12 May 2020, backdated six months from date of receipt, in line with social welfare legislation. The person was notified of this decision on 23 November 2020.

Further backdating of this allowance beyond six months may be considered where the delay in making the claim was due to incorrect information provided by an officer of my Department, or due to the person being so incapacitated that they were unable to make a claim, or appoint a person to act on their behalf.

If the person concerned wishes to provide such additional information for review of their application on these grounds, they should write to my Department with documentary evidence.

They may also appeal the decision of 23 November 2020 by writing within 21 days to the Chief Appeals Officer, Social Welfare Appeals Office, D’Olier House, Dublin 2, stating clearly their grounds for appeal.

I trust this clarifies the position for the Deputy.


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