Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (899)

Gerard Murphy

Question:

1020 Mr. Murphy asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork was asked to return their disability book. [1111/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

Persons in receipt of disability allowance may receive an increase in respect of a qualified child dependant. This payment ceases when the child reaches 18 except in certain circumstances where a child is in full time education.

The person concerned is in receipt of a child dependant allowance at half rate for each of three children. This amounts to €25.20 per week. The rate is scheduled to be reduced from 28 January 2004 as her son has reached 18 and is not in full time education. The new child dependant allowance book at €16.80 per week in respect of her two remaining qualified children will be issued to her post office from that date.