Written answers

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Treatment Benefit Scheme

Photo of Kieran O'DonnellKieran O'Donnell (Limerick City, Fine Gael)
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83. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will address the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22478/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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Qualification for the Treatment Benefit Scheme is based on satisfying certain PRSI conditions.  In order to qualify a person needs to have at least 260 PRSI contributions paid at either Class A, E, H, P or S, since first starting work, and also have 39 contributions paid or credited in the relevant contribution year on which the claim is based. 

The person concerned does not currently qualify for treatment benefit.  Although she has the 260 required total paid contributions, she does not have the 39 paid or credited contributions in the relevant tax years.

She does not qualify as a dependent spouse as her weekly income exceeds €100 and she is in receipt of a contributory state pension in her own right.

I hope this clarifies matters for the deputy. 

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