Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (330)

Róisín Shortall


330. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will postpone the cessation of a one-parent family payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9, pending the outcome of the review of their application for domiciliary care allowance. [24440/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The person concerned is currently in receipt of one parent family payment (OPFP) from this Department in respect of herself and her two children. Due to changes in Social Welfare legislation her entitlement to this payment will cease on 3 July 2014, as on that date she will not have a child under the requisite age which in this case is seven years.

Where a person is in receipt of domiciliary care allowance (DCA) for any child in the family, OPFP may continue up to the 16th birthday of the child in respect of whom DCA remains in payment. In the case of the person concerned her child is not currently in receipt of DCA, although she has appealed against the decision to disallow her claim. Should her appeal be successful her entitlement to OPFP will be immediately reviewed. There is no provision in legislation for a postponement to the cessation of a person’s claim while awaiting the outcome of an Appeal.