Thursday, 18 February 2021
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Social Welfare Schemes
197. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason for the delay in processing the claim for short-time working week for a person (details supplied); when the claim will be processed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9031/21]
Short-Time Work Support (STWS) is a form of Jobseeker's Benefit (JB) and is an income support payment for people who have been temporarily placed on a shorter working week by their employer. This payment is made in respect of the days of work that have been lost. STWS must be systematic and show a clear repetitive pattern of employment. Employees must also work at least 1 day each week that they would normally have worked.
According to the records of my Department, the person concerned was awarded STWS with effect from 02/09/2020 and his claim has been in payment since it's commencement date without interruption.
From 19/10/2020 the working pattern of the person concerned altered from the systematic pattern previously worked and continued to vary for a number of weeks up to 23/12/2020. The STWS claim was therefore re-categorised to a casual JB payment by a deciding officer. The person concerned subsequently requested clarification regarding his claim reclassification and a review of his claim was undertaken by an officer in Parnell Street Intreo Centre.
A letter issued on 15/02/2021 advising the person concerned of the outcome of his claim review. It was clarified that a claim categorised as STWS can be changed to casual/part-time if the conditions for STWS are no longer satisfied, i.e. if the working pattern changes.
I trust this clarifies the matter.