Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (170)

Seán Crowe

Question:

171 Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7 has been cut off from all welfare payments and rent allowance; and if the decision to do so is connected to a sum of money they received from an injury claim eight years ago. [8141/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

The person in question applied to my Department for one-parent family payment and also applied to the Northern Area Health Board for a supplementary welfare allowance payment. The health board has advised that the person had been in receipt of a basic weekly allowance pending the outcome of her application for one-parent family payment. She was also awarded a rent supplement.

At the time that she claimed supplementary welfare allowance, she did not disclose the fact that she had previously received a compensation payment. Payment of the rent supplement was terminated after approximately six weeks as she failed to provide documentation relating to her rent costs. The application for one-parent family payment and subsequent appeal were refused on the grounds that she had not satisfactorily disclosed details of her means. Following the refusal of her application for one-parent family payment, she informed the health board that she had received a compensation payment.

The board has advised that the person concerned was given a number of opportunities to provide details of her financial circumstances. She failed to provide the information sought and, accordingly, payment of her basic supplementary welfare allowance was also terminated. If the person concerned wishes to be considered for payment, she will have to disclose full details of her financial circumstances.