Thursday, 17 April 2014

Questions (120)

Catherine Byrne


120. Deputy Catherine Byrne asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason a person (details supplied) had a jobseeker's allowance claim disallowed; if the person can re-apply for jobseeker's allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18326/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

One of the conditions for receiving jobseeker’s allowance is that a person must be genuinely seeking employment, and this requirement is periodically reviewed. In this regard the person concerned, who has been claiming jobseeker’s allowance since December 2010, was investigated on 23rd January 2014 in order to establish that he was looking for work. He failed to produce satisfactory evidence of his efforts to find employment, and on this basis his claim for jobseeker’s allowance was disallowed. The person concerned was sent written notification of this decision and of his right of appeal. Subsequently he appealed the decision to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office; the outcome of his appeal has not yet been determined.

The person concerned is entitled to re-apply for jobseeker’s allowance; however he will be required to produce documentary evidence of his efforts to find employment. Should he do so his entitlement a jobseeker’s payment will be reviewed.