Written Answers. - Job Assist Scheme.

Question:

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]

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.

The individual did not qualify for the Revenue job assist allowance in respect of the first period of employment as that particular employment was not capable of lasting 12 months. According to the information currently available to the inspector of taxes, the individual does not qualify for the allowance in respect of the second and third periods of employment, as he was not unemployed, and in receipt of any of the above-mentioned benefits for the immediate 12 months prior to taking up the employment.
However, if the person concerned feels that further facts need to be taken into account or that the Revenue Commissioner's understanding of his case is inaccurate in any respect he should contact Dublin Paye 1 District, Division 57, 9/15 Upr O'Connell Street, Dublin 1 – Phone No. 8746821. If it is more convenient he could call into Revenue's Information Office at 2nd Level, The Square, Tallaght – Phone No. 8746821.