Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (457)

Noel Harrington

Question:

457. Deputy Noel Harrington asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide a detailed breakdown for all applicants for basic supplementary welfare allowance of the way the means test is calculated; if she will make it departmental policy that this would be issued in future to all applicants for basic supplementary welfare allowance in line with other schemes involving a means test administered by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31793/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Where a supplementary welfare allowance is awarded at a rate below the maximum rate payable it is the position of the Department that details of the full means assessment is communicated to the customer in writing. This position applies to refusals, withdrawals, suspensions or reductions in the rate of supplementary welfare allowance payable.

If the Deputy has a concern in relation to a specific case, he can forward the details to the Department for follow up.

Question No. 458 withdrawn.