Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (456)

Clare Daly

Question:

456. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Social Protection her plans to implement a system whereby maintenance orders which are awarded to social welfare recipients would be deducted from their social welfare payments. [31791/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Men and women are required by law to maintain their dependants. Maintenance can be paid voluntarily or as a result of a maintenance order granted by the courts. If someone is in receipt of a social assistance payment they must satisfy a means test. All sources of income, including maintenance, are assessed as part of the means test.