Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (282)

Gerry Adams


282. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will investigate the circumstances surrounding the application under the student grant scheme to Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI, in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Louth and the decision dated 9 April 2013 by the student grants appeals board to refer the matter back to the awarding authority for reconsideration; the reason the person received correspondence dated 4 June 2013 from SUSI stating that the applicant does not qualify for a grant, stating requested documentation was not furnished, when indeed no request had been received; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30537/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The case of the applicant referred to by the Deputy was considered by the Student Grants Appeals Board on the 9th April 2013. A copy of their determination was issued to the Appeals Officer in Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). The determination requested that SUSI should take into account a change in circumstance in relation to reckonable income. I understand Officials in SUSI have contacted the applicant directly by telephone and email and the applicant is presently arranging for submission of the requested documentation. When this is returned the student will be notified directly of the outcome.