Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Questions (654)

Kevin O'Keeffe


654. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will arrange for details in the case of a person (details supplied) to be sent to the illness benefit section from a local branch of her Department; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the information has been sought from the branch on two occasions by email but no response has issued and a person that claimed illness benefit cannot receive payment of same until the information sought has been received; and if her attention has been further drawn to the fact that the information was first sought in November 2018. [11672/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Illness Benefit claim from the person concerned has been processed and all arrears owing to her have been issued.

The person concerned was a qualified adult on her partner's Jobseeker's Allowance claim. This means that her partner was in receipt of a qualified adult allowance in respect of her.

The monetary difference between this allowance and her Illness Benefit entitlement had to be calculated before her Illness Benefit payment could be made to her. This has now been completed.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.