Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1294)

Peter Fitzpatrick

Question:

1294. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to introduce proof of disability allowance on the public services card (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13671/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The purpose of the Public Services Card (PSC) is to enable individuals to gain access to public services more efficiently while, at the same time, preserving their privacy to the maximum extent possible. The PSC is designed to replace other cards within the public sector - such as the free travel pass and the social services card of this Department - and to make it easier for providers of pubic services to verify the identity of customers.

A growing number of public services that require proof of identity are being underpinned by the PSC and this number is expected to grow into the future.

While I acknowledge the difficult issues raised by the Deputy in the case he has raised, my Department does not currently have plans to introduce proof of Disability Allowance on the PSC.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.