Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Questions (224)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

224. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 has had a social welfare payment cut; and if the correct rate will restored and the balance refunded without further delay. [10354/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The person concerned is in receipt of a Jobseekers Allowance payment since the 24th October 2017.

The reduction in the person’s payment related to the recovery of an overpayment. Their debt with the Department was suspended on the 13th February 2018 as they have lodged an appeal with the Social Welfare Appeals Office. Deductions to recover the debt have been suspended pending the outcome of this appeal.

Since the 14th February 2018 they are in receipt of the full entitlement of €193.00 per week.

The Office awaits a decision from the Social Welfare Appeals Office regarding their appeal and the issue of the overpayment.

I trust that this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.