Thursday, 2 May 2013

Questions (134)

Bernard Durkan


134. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the way it is expected the family of persons (details supplied) in County Dublin can exist in view of the refusal of jobseeker's allowance and rent support; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21063/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The person concerned made a repeat claim for Jobseeker's Allowance in December 2012, following disallowance of an earlier claim in August 2011 which was upheld on appeal in September 2012.

Following investigation, the Jobseeker's Allowance claim has been disallowed as the person concerned failed to provide evidence of their circumstances and means as part of the means assessment process. The person concerned has a right to appeal this decision.

Alternatively, the Jobseeker's Allowance claim can be reviewed at the local office if the outstanding information is provided to enable a means assessment be completed.

As there is currently no entitlement to a primary social welfare payment, the person concerned is not entitled to Rent Supplement.

It is understood that the current family income comprises Domiciliary Care Allowance, Child Benefit, and income from part-time earnings. If it is not considered that the current family income is adequate to meet the family's needs, they may make an application for Supplementary Welfare Allowance. If such an application is made evidence of means and circumstances will be requested.