Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (302)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

302. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the options available to a person (details supplied) in County Laois at the end of their term of receipt of partial disability payment in the event that they are not in a position to continue in employment; their entitlement to revert to disability and-or invalidity pension; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12432/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The person concerned exhausted their entitlement to illness benefit on 9 January 2013.

The person concerned may re-qualify for illness benefit when they have paid 13 reckonable PRSI contributions after this date, and they are unable to work because they are sick or ill. Alternatively, the person concerned may choose to apply for invalidity pension or disability allowance.

Applications to these schemes are subject to various qualifying conditions including medical eligibility requirements. The person concerned was advised of these options on 17 October 2012.

To date no applications have been received for these schemes. If the person concerned is not able to meet their financial needs, they may be entitled to supplementary welfare allowance which is a means tested scheme. They should contact the local Social Welfare representative at their local health centre.