Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (343)

Thomas Byrne


343. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision on a review of family income supplement will be made in the case of a person (details supplied). [12593/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is an in-work payment which provides additional financial support to employees on low earnings with children. In order to qualify for WFP, the applicant or the applicant and their spouse, partner or cohabitant must be engaged in full-time employment as an employee for not less than 38 hours per fortnight. This condition must be satisfied on an ongoing basis.

An application was received from the person concerned on 11 December 2018.

Their application was disallowed on 19 February 2019 as they did not satisfy the above employment condition at the time of application.

The person concerned requested a review of the decision of 19 February 2019. Following a review of their application based on updated information provided by the applicant, it has been established that they now satisfy the above condition from a current date.

WFP is not payable while an applicant is in receipt of Jobseeker's Benefit (JB) and the person concerned is currently in receipt of JB.

It has been established that WFP is more beneficial for the family. The Department wrote to the person concerned on 08 March 2019 advising them to close their JSB claim and, once this has been done, the revised decision will be implemented without delay and the person concerned will be notified in writing.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.