Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (295)

Arthur Spring


295. Deputy Arthur Spring asked the Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) in County Kerry was entitled to a tax free lump sum on finishing work. [24360/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The person concerned was redeployed to my Department in January 2012 together with approximately 700 FÁS staff. As part of the terms of the redeployment, all former FÁS staff retained the terms and conditions of employment that applied prior to their transfer to this Department. The records my Department received from FÁS in respect of the person concerned show that they were employed as a temporary part time cleaner in Tralee working 12.5 hours per week. They were employed in a non-pensionable capacity and as such would have no entitlements to a pension and lump sum. As the nature of their employment was non-pensionable and temporary, they were allowed to continue working beyond the normal maximum retirement age of 65, which they reached on 13 September 2001. The Human Resources Division of my Department have been in touch with FÁS to ascertain if there would have been any provision within their schemes to pay the person concerned a special gratuity if they were to resign. Unfortunately, they have advised us that no such provision exists. As such, I regret to inform you that the person concerned would not qualify for a special payment or a tax free lump sum.