Written answers

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Living Alone Allowance

Photo of Seán SherlockSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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239. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a living alone increase will be backdated in the case of a person (details supplied). [17791/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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According to the records of my Department, the person concerned was awarded State Pension (contributory) from 22/08/2012, when they reached 66 years of age. At that time they were also awarded an Increase for Living Alone allowance, at the rate of €7.70.

Their pension award along with additional allowances was confirmed in writing on 23 July 2012.

They continue to be in receipt of this allowance at the now current rate of €19.00.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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