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Social Welfare Benefits

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 24 June 2010

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Questions (201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209)

Martin Ferris

Question:

202 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Social Protection when a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will receive their backdated rent supplement. [27265/10]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

Due to staff action currently being taken in the Department, I regret that I am unable to provide the information sought by the Deputy.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

203 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when persons (details supplied) in County Kildare will be awarded mortgage interest relief; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27277/10]

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Due to staff action currently being taken in the Department, I regret that I am unable to provide the information sought by the Deputy.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

204 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason rent allowance was terminated in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7; when same will be reinstated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27361/10]

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Due to staff action currently being taken in the Department, I regret that I am unable to provide the information sought by the Deputy.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

205 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when rent support will be awarded to a person (detail supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27452/10]

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Due to staff action currently being taken in the Department, I regret that I am unable to provide the information sought by the Deputy.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

206 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the full rent support entitlement in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27453/10]

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Due to staff action currently being taken in the Department, I regret that I am unable to provide the information sought by the Deputy.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

207 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when rent support will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27454/10]

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Due to staff action currently being taken in the Department, I regret that I am unable to provide the information sought by the Deputy.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

208 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when a review of rent support will be undertaken in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27456/10]

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Due to staff action currently being taken in the Department, I regret that I am unable to provide the information sought by the Deputy.

Michael Ring

Question:

209 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will review the amount of jobseeker’s allowance awarded in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [27304/10]

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Following a revised decision, the weekly means of the person concerned have been assessed at €35 per week, which entitles him to a jobseeker's allowance payment of €161 per week from 27 April 2010 to 11 May 2010 and €190.80 per week from 12 May 2010. Any arrears due will be issued to him as soon as possible.

Noel Ahern

Question:

210 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will clarify the position regarding family income supplement payments to local authority tenants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27354/10]

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The Family Income Supplement (FIS) is designed to provide income for employees on low earnings with families. This preserves the incentive to remain in employment in circumstances where the employee might only be marginally better off than if he or she were unemployed and claiming other social welfare payments.

To qualify for payment of FIS a person must be engaged in full time insurable employment which is expected to last for at least 3 months and be working for a minimum of 38 hours per fortnight or 19 hours per week. A couple may combine their hours of employment to meet the qualification criteria. The applicant must also have at least one qualified child who normally resides with them or is supported by them. Furthermore, the average family income must be below a specified amount which varies according to the number of qualified children in the family.

FIS is then calculated on the basis of 60% of the difference between the income limit for the family size and the net income of the person(s) raising the children. Net income for FIS purposes comprises of total family income less tax, employee PRSI, health contribution, income levy, superannuation contribution and pension levy. These provisions apply equally to a local authority tenant. Issues relating to the tenants of local authorities are appropriate to my colleague the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

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