Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Questions (644)

Niall Collins


644. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the claim of a person (details supplied) will be reviewed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11627/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

As part of a Jobseeker's Allowance (JA) Self-Employed review project, the Social Welfare Inspector (SWI) requested the person concerned's income and expenditure details for the previous two years and sent their findings to the Deciding Officer (DO). The DO used this information to reassess means, and concluded that he was in receipt of income that was in excess of the JA rate applicable to their circumstances and disallowed the claim. The person concerned provided additional information and requested a review of the decision. The DO concluded there was no basis for a review and communicated this to the person concerned on the 30 January 2019. The person concerned may submit an appeal to the Appeals Office.

The person concerned met with a Community Welfare Officer (CWO) on 1 February 2019 but no application for assistance under Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) has been recorded. He can submit an application for SWA providing the required supporting documentation to assist a Designated Person (DP) in making their decision.

I trust this clarifies matters for the deputy.