Thursday, 31 January 2019

Questions (252)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

252. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 257 of 17 January 2019, if the case of a person (details supplied) will be further reviewed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4922/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Unfortunately, the position of the Illness Benefit application from the person concerned remains unchanged.

As previously advised the person concerned does not satisfy the PRSI contribution conditions necessary for payment of Illness Benefit.

In order to qualify for Illness Benefit a person must have a minimum of 104 total PRSI contributions paid. They also must have 39 weeks of PRSI contributions paid or credited in the relevant tax year, or 26 weeks of PRSI contributions paid in the relevant tax year, and 26 weeks of PRSI contributions paid in the tax year immediately before the relevant tax year.

The relevant tax year is the second-last complete tax year before the year in which the claim for Illness Benefit begins.

The person concerned had a total of 84 PRSI contributions paid, with 34 contributions paid in the relevant tax year (2016), meaning he does not satisfy either of the qualifying conditions for payment at this time.

If the person concerned believes he has further contributions that may not be on the department's records he should send evidence of this to the Department and his claim will be reviewed.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.