Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (901)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

1022 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if a back to education allowance is payable in respect of persons undertaking an ambulance attendant training course, with particular reference to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who started their training on 12 January 2004 at St. Mary's, Phoenix Park, Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1337/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

At present, to qualify for participation in the back to education allowance scheme an applicant must,inter alia, be in receipt of a relevant social welfare payment for at least six months, 156 days, immediately prior to commencing an approved course of study.

The person concerned was not in receipt of a relevant social welfare payment prior to undertaking a course of training and, furthermore, the course being undertaken is not recognised for the back to education allowance scheme. This person is not, therefore, eligible for the allowance.