Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (447)

Dan Neville


447. Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason a reduced rate of disability allowance is being paid in respect of a person (details supplied). [22981/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The person concerned is in receipt of a reduced rate disability allowance. The means assessed against him are derived from a pension his spouse receives. There are no disregards allowable for private pensions in the calculation of means for disability allowance.

If a person’s spouse or partner is in insurable employment, means are calculated as follows; gross earnings less employee PRSI, Union and pension contributions, which are divided by 52 to get weekly means. €20.00 per day worked up to a max of €60 is disregarded and 60%. of the balance is assessed.