Social Welfare Payments Waiting Times

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Finian McGrath

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120. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) is in receipt of all their benefits. [12137/13]

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The person concerned is in receipt of one parent family payment and rent supplement from my Department. She should contact her local social welfare office or Citizens' Information Centre whereupon her full details can be provided and any further possible entitlements outlined in this regard.

Flood Relief Schemes Funding

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Paul Connaughton

Question:

121. Deputy Paul J. Connaughton asked the Minister for Social Protection in relation to persons who have applied for relocation following the flooding in Galway in 2009, the number of persons who have accepted contracts; the number of those who are waiting on contracts to be returned from her Department; when payments will be issued; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12144/13]

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The Government has provided various types of support to people affected by the November 2009 flooding. Humanitarian Aid payments were made, both in the immediate aftermath of the flooding and subsequently to enable eligible households to resume living at their home. Subject to certain conditions the Government also decided to offer support to a small number of families who are continuing to experience significant housing problems as a result of the November 2009 flooding and are considering relocating rather than permanently returning to their original home.

The legal agreement necessary for the purpose of this scheme was the subject of much detailed discussion and negotiations between this Department, the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Chief State Solicitor's Office (CSSO). The finalised agreement issued to 18 householders in December 2012. In view of the legal obligations attaching to the payment of monies in respect of relocation assistance, householders were advised to seek legal advice prior to signing the agreements. A number of householders have raised legal questions with the Department's legal advisors which are being progressed. To date three householders have returned signed agreements. The Department is finalising these agreements, in conjunction with the OPW, and will issue copies of the final contract to the householders. The contract provides for a number of terms and conditions that must be fulfilled before payment can issue. Payment will issue without delay when all the terms and conditions have been met.

Domiciliary Care Allowance Appeals

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Ciaran Lynch

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122. Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will review a decision not to grant domiciliary care allowance to a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12151/13]

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The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal, by the person concerned, was registered in that office on 4 March 2013. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When received, the case will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

Invalidity Pension Appeals

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Jack Wall

Question:

123. Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for a review of the decision to refuse their application for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12169/13]

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The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer on 25 February 2013, who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

Invalidity Pension Applications

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Bernard Durkan

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124. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a determination of eligibility for invalidity pension in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12220/13]

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Invalidity pension is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the contribution conditions. This department received a claim for invalidity pension for the person concerned on 18 December 2012. The medical evidence provided by the claimant in support of his claim was examined by a medical assessor who was of the opinion that the person concerned is not eligible for invalidity pension as he does not satisfy the medical criteria. The claim for invalidity pension was disallowed by a deciding officer. The person in question was notified of this decision, the reason for it and of his right of review or appeal on 20 February 2013.

Rent Supplement Scheme Payments

Questions (125)

Bernard Durkan

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125. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the correct level of rent support and maximum rent allowable in the case of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12221/13]

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The rent of €900.00 is the maximum level of rent supplement allowable for a family of three dependent children in this area as set in legislation. In the case of the person concerned, the correct level of rent support has been applied.

Social Welfare Payments Waiting Times

Questions (126)

Bernard Durkan

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126. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will arrange for urgent issue of basic social welfare payment in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12222/13]

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An application form to apply for basic supplementary welfare allowance has been posted to the person concerned. He should present himself to his local community welfare clinic at Kildare Health Centre with the completed form and his current GNIB card.

Disability Allowance Applications

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

127. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for disability allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12223/13]

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As part of a review of the person’s continuing entitlement to disability allowance certain issues came to light. The person’s application has been disallowed on the grounds that he failed to show that his means did not exceed the statutory limit allowed for disability allowance purposes. In addition the applicant failed to supply documentary evidence required to establish his residency. He was notified in writing of this decision on the 1 February 2013 and of his right to appeal to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office.

Family Income Supplement Applications

Questions (128)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

128. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the entitlement to family income supplement in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12224/13]

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An application for jobseeker's allowance is currently being processed for the person concerned. A decision will issue shortly to the person concerned.

Jobseeker's Allowance Applications

Questions (129)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

129. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when it is expected that job seeker's allowance/basic payment while pending will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12225/13]

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The jobseeker's allowance application in respect of the person concerned is currently being processed. A decision will issue shortly to the person concerned.