Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (133)

Martin Heydon

Question:

133. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Social Protection whether it is possible for a person in receipt of a social welfare payment that will remain in payment for six weeks after their death to specify in advance a payee, such as an undertaker, to receive the six weeks of payments following their death, to ensure their wishes are adhered to; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45183/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

My Department provides a range of supports to people as contingencies arise during a person's lifecycle. A number of payments allow for an additional six weeks payment, when a death occurs, to the person's spouse, civil partner or cohabitant. The purpose of this continuation of payment is to support the surviving spouse in those early weeks of bereavement. I have no plans to provide for changes to this practice.