Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (354)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

354. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding child dependant payments in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30060/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

According to the records of the Department, the person concerned has not applied for an Increase for a Qualified Child (IQC) on her widow's contributory pension. She is currently in receipt of a supplementary welfare allowance payment in respect of her granddaughter. An application form to apply for an IQC on her widows contributory pension has been forwarded to the person concerned.

The person concerned applied for guardian’s payment (contributory) in November 2011 in respect of her granddaughter. The Deciding Officer decided that the child concerned did not meet the definition of an “orphan” as defined in Section 2(1) of the Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act 2005. This decision was appealed to the Social Welfare Appeals Office and the Appeals Officer disallowed the appeal in March 2013.

The Foster Care Scheme is administered by the HSE on behalf of the Department of Health and Children.