Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (99, 100)

Michael Ring

Question:

198 Mr. Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive the arrears of their blind welfare allowance. [25599/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

The assessment of entitlement to and payment of the blind welfare allowance, including the payment of arrears, is a matter for the relevant health board. Accordingly, a copy of the Deputy's question has been referred to the chief executive officer, Western Health Board, with a request that she examine the case and reply directly to the Deputy as a matter of urgency.

Michael Ring

Question:

199 Mr. Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children when arrears of blind welfare allowance that is due to persons for a number of years as a result of the misinterpretation of the blind welfare allowance circular 4/79, will be awarded; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25600/04]

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The Department of Health and Children has received from the health boards an estimation of the cost of implementing the revised methodology of calculating blind welfare allowance. The matter is under consideration in the context of the Estimates process.

Question No. 200 answered with QuestionNo. 189.