Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

516.

asked the Minister for Social Welfare if unemployment benefit will continue to be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Dublin.

The person concerned is currently in receipt of unemployment assistance of £73.60 weekly being the appropriate maximum rate in his case. His application is at present under review and when the inquiries into his means are completed his entitlement to unemployment assistance will be reviewed in the light of the means assessed against him. In the meantime weekly payments of £73.60 will continue to be made as they become due.

517.

asked the Minister for Social Welfare if a deserted wife's allowance will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Dublin.

The person concerned was in receipt of deserted wife's benefit up to 18 May 1977. Payment was discontinued after that date because the claimant was receiving maintenance from her husband. No claim has been received in the meantime for resumption of payment of benefit.

The Deputy's question has, however, been taken as a renewed claim on her behalf and the case will be referred to a local officer of the Department for re-investigation. When inquiries are completed a decision will be given and she will be notified of the outcome.

518.

asked the Minister for Social Welfare the reason for the delay in paying unemployment benefit to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry.

The claim of the person concerned to unemployment benefit on 27 February 1984 was, following the completion of inquiries, authorised at the appropriate maximum weekly rate in his case of £34.80. All arrears due were paid to him last week. Weekly payments of £34.80 will continue to be made as they become due.