Thursday, 2 May 2013

Questions (171)

Luke 'Ming' Flanagan

Question:

171. Deputy Luke 'Ming' Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the provision that has been made within the Insolvency Service of Ireland rules for the foster care allowance which is paid out by the Health Service Executive; if the fostering care allowance should be excluded as income by lending institutions when calculating mortgage repayments (details supplied) in County Roscommon; his views on whether including such an allowance in mortgage repayments calculations is to put the welfare of fostered children in jeopardy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20875/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Under the provisions of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012, all income received by an applicant for one of the three personal insolvency arrangements must be taken into account. Therefore foster care allowance will be taken into account when calculating the income of an applicant. However, the Insolvency Service of Ireland's Guidelines on a Reasonable Standard of Living and Reasonable Living Expenses make provision for special circumstances. Accordingly, an applicant with foster care responsibilities will have the costs associated with foster care included as part of their reasonable living expenses calculation.