Carer's Allowance Applications

Questions (531)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

531. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a person (details supplied) will be awarded carer’s allowance. [51802/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

As a result of an Appeals Officer’s decision, carer's allowance was awarded to the person concerned on 5 December 2018 with effect from 20 July 2017. The first payment will issue to her nominated bank account on 13 December 2018.

Arrears for the period 20 July 2017 to 12 December 2018 along with the 2018 carer's support grant will also issue on 13 December 2018.

The person concerned was notified of the outcome on 5 December 2018.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Partial Capacity Benefit Scheme Applications

Questions (532)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

532. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision will issue on a partial capacity benefit in conjunction with an illness benefit application by a person (details supplied). [51811/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Partial Capacity Benefit claim for the person concerned has been processed at the rate of "Moderate" meaning she will receive 50% of her personal rate  of Illness Benefit.  All arrears owing to this customer have been issued.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

JobPath Data

Questions (533)

Peter Burke

Question:

533. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons that have been activated to work through the JobPath programme since its foundation, by county, in tabular form. [51816/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) provides a range of activation supports catering for long-term unemployed jobseekers and those most distant from the labour market to secure and sustain full-time paid employment. These supports include the JobPath service. 

JobPath is an employment service, which helps long-term unemployed people to secure and sustain paid employment. The service was launched in 2015 on a ‘rolling basis’ with referral numbers gradually increasing over time

There are two phases to the service.  During the first phase, of 12 months duration, a personal advisor (PA) provides practical assistance in searching, preparing for, securing and sustaining employment.  The second phase starts if the jobseeker is successful in finding work.  During this phase the PA continues to work with the client for a further period of up to 12 months.  In addition to the two phases jobseekers may also undertake training while with the service and this may extend the period the jobseeker is supported through the service for up to a further 6 months.

To date, just over 195,000 clients have commenced their engagement period with the service as set out in the table below

The department is undertaking an econometric review of this strand of its activation services.  Completion of the review is provisionally scheduled for the end of 2018, following which more detailed and robust statistics will be available.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Clients engaged with JobPath - July 2015 - October 2018

County 

Number of   Clients Engaged With JobPath.

July 2015 - October 2018

Carlow

4486

Cavan

4369

Clare

4675

Cork

17324

Donegal

10045

Dublin

39004

Galway

8703

Kerry

6688

Kildare

8044

Kilkenny

3851

Laois

4449

Leitrim

1842

Limerick

9489

Longford

3952

Louth

8340

Mayo

5961

Meath

4157

Monaghan

2622

Offaly

5290

Roscommon

1789

Sligo

3029

Tipperary

8433

Waterford

6871

Westmeath

6543

Wexford

9387

Wicklow

5755

Grand Total

195098

Clients engaged with JobPath July 2015 - October 2018 and Employment Details.

County 

Number of   Clients Engaged With JobPath.

July 2015 - October 2018

Clients who have commenced Full time employment

Clients who have commenced Part time employment

Total 

Carlow

4486

1081

105

1186

Cavan

4369

716

171

887

Clare

4675

983

93

1076

Cork

17324

3918

364

4282

Donegal

10045

1231

383

1614

Dublin

39004

7230

691

7921

Galway

8703

1549

164

1713

Kerry

6688

1723

210

1933

Kildare

8044

2068

273

2341

Kilkenny

3851

969

70

1039

Laois

4449

909

104

1013

Leitrim

1842

316

48

364

Limerick

9489

2289

150

2439

Longford

3952

698

140

838

Louth

8340

1545

239

1784

Mayo

5961

721

74

795

Meath

4157

678

69

747

Monaghan

2622

502

150

652

Offaly

5290

1125

186

1311

Roscommon

1789

257

30

287

Sligo

3029

475

81

556

Tipperary

8433

1772

280

2052

Waterford

6871

1538

195

1733

Westmeath

6543

1140

326

1466

Wexford

9387

2206

335

2541

Wicklow

5755

1108

173

1281

Grand Total

195098

38747

5104

43851

Treatment Benefit Scheme Data

Questions (534)

Peter Burke

Question:

534. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons who have availed of the treatment benefit scheme since its extension to the self-employed, by county, in tabular form. [51818/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The information requested is set out in the table following.  However, it should be noted that while the scheme was extended to cover self-employed contributors in March 2017, the information break down requested is only available from the beginning of 2018.  The claims relating to the earlier period, March to October 2017 were processed on an old system, which did not support this reporting requirement.

TB self empl stats 1/1/18 to 30/11/18

 

Dental

Medical Appliance

Optical

Total

Carlow

 

1318

46

912

2276

Cavan

 

1973

67

1141

3181

Clare

 

2965

107

1951

5023

Cork

 

17913

467

9191

27571

Donegal

 

4052

91

1865

6008

Dublin

 

25641

839

18083

44563

Galway

 

7014

175

3579

10768

Kerry

 

5101

170

2862

8133

Kildare

 

4390

160

3079

7629

Kilkenny

 

2917

98

1707

4722

Laois

 

1569

70

961

2600

Leitrim

 

1058

26

490

1574

Limerick

 

4930

131

2374

7435

Longford

 

1336

21

654

2011

Louth

 

2302

86

1629

4017

Mayo

 

4221

128

2213

6562

Meath

 

4179

148

2765

7092

Monaghan

 

1198

58

1114

2370

Offaly

 

1695

64

1167

2926

No County Held

 

340

11

202

553

Roscommon

 

1545

47

1009

2601

Sligo

 

1671

53

1018

2742

Tipperary

 

4830

136

3124

8090

Waterford

 

3524

95

1602

5221

Westmeath

 

2375

78

1374

3827

Wexford

 

3847

148

2055

6050

Wicklow

 

3888

136

2324

6348

 

 

117792

3656

70445

191893

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy. 

Invalidity Pension

Questions (535)

Michael McGrath

Question:

535. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to allow persons on invalidity pension to work for rehabilitative purposes without the need to transfer across to the partial capacity benefit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51874/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Invalidity Pension is a pension paid to people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness. It is based on a claimant's social insurance contributions and is not means tested. To qualify for award of Invalidity Pension a claimant must satisfy both PRSI contribution and medical conditions.

Invalidity Pension is for people who are permanently incapable of work and is generally paid to pension age. To qualify for Invalidity Pension a person must have an incapacity for work of such a nature that the likelihood is that the claimant will be incapable of work for life, or an incapacity which has existed for 12 months prior to the date of claim, and where the Deciding Officer or an Appeals Officer is satisfied that the claimant is likely to be unable to work for 1 year from the date of claim.

Where a person with a disability wishes to return to work they may apply for Partial Capacity Benefit (PCB).   PCB allows people to continue to receive a percentage of their Illness Benefit or Invalidity Pension payment while working. Participation on the PCB scheme is voluntary. A person who participates on the PCB scheme may return to an Illness Benefit or Invalidity Pension payment if, for example, the employment ceases or if the person cannot continue to work.

It is not intended to change the Invalidity Pension payment to remove the requirement to apply for Partial Capacity Benefit where persons wish to take up paid employment.

JobPath Data

Questions (536, 537, 539)

John Brady

Question:

536. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of part-time or underemployed workers that have been referred to JobPath since its introduction. [51875/18]

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John Brady

Question:

537. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans for a new JobPath scheme in 2019; her further plans for setting up similar schemes from 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51876/18]

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John Brady

Question:

539. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons to date who have found employment through the JobPath service; the number of persons now claiming social welfare payments having previously taken up employment through the JobPath service; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51878/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 536, 537 and 539 together.

My Department provides a range of activation supports to enable persons in receipt of a jobseeker's payment, including people who are also in part-time employment, to move to full-time employment with a sustainable income.  These supports include the JobPath Service, which was launched in July 2015.

JobPath provides an intensive personal service which focuses on the skills and experience of each person.  In the case of clients already in part-time employment this would, in the first instance, focus on any options to increase the level of employment in their current role.  If that is not possible the client would be encouraged to explore other opportunities including other full-time job opportunities with different employers.

To date, just over 195,000 clients have commenced their engagement period with the service . As of end October 2018, 24,185 clients who are working part-time have engaged with the service.

At present, a full econometric evaluation of the service is being conducted in conjunction with the OECD.  The results of this econometric evaluation, which will provide detailed and robust statistics, will inform my Department's consideration of any future developments in this area.

Local Employment Service

Question No. 539 answered with Question No. 536.

Questions (538)

John Brady

Question:

538. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of job starts commenced through the local employment service in 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018. [51877/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Department contracts for the provision of the local employment service (LES) with 22 local development/community companies. The LES have been engaged to deliver services to two client groups: unemployed jobseekers referred for activation by the Department and ‘other’ client groups, who attend the service voluntarily.  The ‘other’ client  group include people who have a disability, lone parents, early school leavers, qualified adults, non-Live Register returners (previously women returners), ex-offenders, members of the travelling community, long term unemployed (LTU) refugees and low income small holders. 

In 2016, LES providers were asked to increase the frequency with which they engage with activation jobseekers to enhance the quality of the services they provide. To facilitate this more intensive engagement, the Department began to reduce the number of people referred to the LES so as to achieve and maintain a maximum caseload 120:1 per case officer.

The LES were also requested to increase the time they allocate to work with each individual jobseeker and in 2017 set engagement patterns were introduced so that a LES case officer with 101-120 clients would be expected to have monthly meetings with the clients, 81-100 clients every three weeks and 80 or fewer client every two weeks.

The following table below shows the number of activation clients and ‘other’ clients notified as commencing employment of 30+ hours per week in 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018.

 

Number of Activation Clients notified as being in employment of 30+   hours per week.

Number of Activation ‘other’ clients notified as being in employment   of 30+ hours per week

2016

7,458*

1,153

2017

4,923*

991

To date 2018

4,800*

973

*Unlike JobPath there is no requirement for the client to be 'off benefit' in order to qualify as a placement.

Question No. 539 answered with Question No. 536.

Brexit Issues

Questions (540)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

540. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she has formally met with her UK counterpart to discuss Brexit and its impact on east-west reciprocal arrangements and all other Brexit related matters that fall within the remit of her Department; the number of times they have formally met to discuss Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51886/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The negotiations on both the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement and political declaration on the framework for the EU-UK future relationship, both of which were endorsed by the European Council on 25 November, were conducted on behalf of the EU27 by the EU's Chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and the Commission's Article 50 Taskforce.

Brexit is a priority issue for the Government, and a number of key decisions have been taken on measures to support East-West trade, that include staffing, ICT and infrastructure measures to implement checks and controls at our ports and borders. The Government also provided dedicated Brexit support measures in Budgets 2017, 2018, and 2019 to support businesses.

My key area of interest is the impact of Brexit on the current reciprocal arrangements for social insurance schemes, social assistance schemes and child benefit between Ireland and the UK, including Northern Ireland.

I met with the then UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Right Honourable Esther McVey, on 23 April 2018. We agreed on our objective in ensuring that the reciprocity of social welfare rights and entitlements, which currently exist for Irish and UK citizens moving within Ireland and between Ireland and Britain under the CTA, are safeguarded and maintained.

I have a dedicated team in my Department which is conducting a deep analysis of scenarios on a scheme by scheme basis and contingency planning is on-going for all outcomes.

Working Family Payment

Questions (541)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

541. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive working family payment arrears; and when the new payment will issue. [52002/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is a weekly tax-free payment which provides additional income support to employees on low earnings with children.

An application for WFP was received from the person concerned on 19 October 2018. 

The applicant has been awarded WFP with effect from 27 September 2018 to 25 September 2019.

The first weekly payment will issue to their nominated bank account on 13 December 2018.  Arrears owing  in respect of their last  WFP claim will also issue on this date.  Any arrears owing in respect of their current WFP claim will be issued shortly.

The person concerned was notified in writing of this decision on 10 December 2018 and of their right of review and appeal.

  I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy. 

Illness Benefit Applications

Questions (542)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

542. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive illness benefit. [52003/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Illness Benefit claim for the person concerned has been processed and all arrears due have been issued.

The claim is medically certified up to the 9th December 2018 and paid up to the 8th December 2018.  

If the person concerned remains ill and unfit for work, a further medical certificate should be submitted to the Department as soon as possible in order for further payments to issue.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Invalidity Pension Applications

Questions (543)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

543. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the position regarding an invalidity pension application by a person (details supplied) in County Kildare. [52005/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the pay related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions.

The department received a claim for IP for the lady concerned on 18 September 2018.  In order to establish whether the medical and contribution conditions for IP are satisfied in this case, the Department sent two forms to the lady on 06 December 2018.  On receipt of the completed forms the claim will be processed as quickly as possible and she will be notified directly of the outcome. The lady concerned is in receipt of the means-tested Disability Allowance from this department since 27 September 2017. 

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Illness Benefit Applications

Questions (544)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

544. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will have illness benefit issued. [52006/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Illness Benefit claim for the person concerned is both medically certified and paid up to the 11th December 2018.

Payment for the claim has been nominated by the person concerned to his employer.

If the person concerned remains ill and unfit for work, a further medical certificate should be submitted to the Department as soon as possible in order for further payments to issue. 

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Parking Provision

Questions (545)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

545. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of car parking spaces provided for staff working within Dublin, Limerick and Cork cities and to agencies therein. [52012/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

I understand that an Official from my Department has spoken with the Deputy's office in this regard. The Department is compiling the information required to answer this PQ. The information will be provided to the Deputy separately once compiled.

Invalidity Pension Applications

Questions (546)

James Browne

Question:

546. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the position regarding a person (details supplied) and the refusal of an application for invalidity pension with particular reference to the person’s debilitating autoimmune disorder which renders her unable to work; if the case and the need to regularise social welfare payments will be examined; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52021/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the pay related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions.

The department received a claim for IP for the lady concerned on 15 December 2010.  Her claim was disallowed on the grounds that the medical conditions for the scheme were not satisfied.  She was notified on the 27 October 2011 of this decision, the reasons for it and of her right of review and appeal. She did not seek an appeal of the disallowance decision.  It is open to her to submit a new application for IP to the Department.

Illness Benefit (IB) is a payment made to insured people who are unable to work due to illness and who satisfy certain PRSI contribution conditions. The lady in question is in receipt of continuous duration IB. 

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Illness Benefit Payments

Questions (547)

Robert Troy

Question:

547. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 679 of 4 December 2018, if an application for backdated illness benefit for the years 2015 to 2017 will be awarded to a person (details supplied). [52022/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

An application was received from the person concerned on the 15th February 2018 claiming Illness Benefit from the 1st September 2015.  

Under the Social Welfare (Bilateral Agreement with the United Kingdom and Social Security) Order 2007 the regulations state that the country in which  a person was last insurably employed is responsible for the claim.

As the person concerned was last insurably employed in Jersey in 2015 the claim is proper to Jersey and my Department's EU Records section has forwarded the claim to the appropriate authorities in there.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.