Written answers

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Social Welfare Eligibility

Photo of Michael FitzmauriceMichael Fitzmaurice (Roscommon-Galway, Independent)
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267. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a person (details supplied) who submitted an application for illness benefit eight weeks ago will be advised of the decision on their application; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23916/22]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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In order to qualify for a payment of Illness Benefit a person must be medically certified as being incapable of attending work due to illness and satisfy prescribed PRSI contribution conditions.

The person concerned does not meet the PRSI conditions and therefore does not qualify for a payment. A letter issued to her dated the 9th May 2022 explaining the decision in full.

If the person concerned is experiencing difficulties in meeting her basic financial commitments it is open to her to contact the Department's representative, formerly known as a Community Welfare Officer, at her local Intreo Centre to see if she might qualify for assistance under the terms of the means tested Supplementary Welfare Allowance scheme.

I trust this clarifies the position for the Deputy.

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