448 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Finance the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24 did not receive job assist in view of the fact that he satisfied the criteria for the scheme; if he will have further investigations made into this application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19494/00]
Written Answers. - Job Assist Scheme.
I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the person concerned did not get the special tax-free allowances available under the Revenue job assist scheme because he did not qualify under the terms of the scheme.
An individual will qualify for the allowance where he or she: takes up a "qualifying employment", and has been unemployed for the immediate 12 months prior to taking up the employment, and has been in receipt of unemployment benefit or unemployment assistance or one-parent family payment, or certain disability payments or persons released under the Good Friday Agreement during that 12 month period.
A "qualifying employment" is one which: commences on or after 6 April 1998, and is capable of lasting for 12 months, and is of at least 30 hours duration per week.
The Revenue Commissioner's have also informed me that according to their records the individual concerned in this case was employed on the following basis: (a) June 1998 to September 1998 on temporary summer work; (b) May 1999 to April 2000 on a full-time temporary basis; (c) May 2000 to date on a full-time permanent basis.