Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (148)

Bernard Durkan


148. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the progress made to date in the determination of an application for family income supplement in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15616/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

In order to qualify for Family Income Supplement (FIS) an applicant must be engaged in full-time remunerative employment as an employee for at least 38 hours per fortnight (19 hours per week).

From evidence supplied in support of his application for FIS by the person concerned, a deciding officer decided that he did not satisfy this condition and the application was refused.

On foot of an appeal by the person concerned, the matter was referred to a Social Welfare investigative officer for further investigation. The investigative officer has been in contact with the employer of the person in question but the evidence provided by the employer to date has been insufficient to show that the condition was satisfied. The investigative officer will be making further contact with the employer shortly.

Once the investigative officer's report is returned the application will be re-examined by a deciding officer to review whether an entitlement exists. If it does, the application will be processed immediately. If not, the matter will be referred to the Social Welfare Appeals Office for independent determination.