Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (307)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

307. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason for the continued delay in the awarding of rent support in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12469/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

One of the persons concerned has a claim for rent supplement on which payment is currently suspended, pending the establishment of his entitlement to a primary social welfare payment.

The person concerned had a claim for Jobseekers Allowance which was disallowed and this decision was upheld on appeal in October 2012. As a consequence, the Rent Allowance claim was suspended with effect from 31 October 2012.

The person has made a repeat claim for Jobseekers Allowance on 4 December 2012. The claim is currently under investigation in relation to the assessment of means. Once the means assessment is completed and a decision is made in relation to the Jobseekers Allowance claim, the position in relation to the Rent Allowance claim will be reviewed, and the persons concerned will be advised of the outcome.