Thursday, 17 April 2014

Questions (115)

Jonathan O'Brien


115. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Social Protection if a student who is due to sit repeat final year exams in August can sign on from June when he or she finishes university, as he or she would be available for employment. [18277/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Persons who are registered as full-time students are disqualified from claiming a jobseeker’s payment and this disqualification includes the summer months except where the final year has been completed.

A person who has completed a course of study and who satisfies all the conditions for payment, which include being available for full-time work and actively looking for that level of employment, may qualify for a payment. Other conditionality also applies, for example, a required level of contributions for jobseeker’s benefit or a means assessment in the case of jobseeker’s allowance.

Where a jobseeker claim is in payment and the person is not available for work on a particular day due, for instance, to sitting an exam, the jobseeker’s payment is not made in respect of that day.