Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Social Welfare Payments

Photo of Marian HarkinMarian Harkin (Sligo-Leitrim, Independent)
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605. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application for a working family payment by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32562/22]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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Working Family Payment (WFP) is an in-work payment which provides additional income support to employees on low earnings with children. In order to qualify for WFP, an applicant must have a qualified child and be engaged in full-time paid employment as an employee for not less than 38 hours per fortnight.

A Working Family Payment application for the person concerned was received on 25 February 2022.Working Family Payment was awarded from 03 March 2022 based on the information provided.

The person concerned contacted Working Family Payment Section by email on 14 March 2022 and advised that they were working hours which were fewer than the hours stated on her application form. 

As the person concerned did not meet the condition of being in employment for a minimum of 38 hours per fortnight the claim was stopped. 

The person concerned provided payslips and a letter from their employer on 31 May 2022 confirming that they are working 38.75 hours per week. Working Family Payment has now been reviewed and awarded from 03 March 2022 at the weekly rate of €128.00. Any arrears due to the person concerned will issue on 20 June 2022.

I trust this clarifies the matter.

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