Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (380)

Michael Healy-Rae


380. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Social Protection her views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding increasing disability allowances; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22421/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Programme for Government contains a commitment to maintain weekly rates of welfare payments. In line with this commitment, the weekly personal rate of disability allowance, including increases for qualified adults and children, has been fully maintained since this Government came into office. Recipients of disability allowance may also be eligible, subject to satisfying the relevant conditions, for the fuel allowance, electricity/gas allowance, free television licence, living alone allowance, rent supplement and free travel.

Any increases to weekly rates of payment would have to be considered in a budgetary context.