Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1320)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

1320. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason a disability allowance payment ceased for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13899/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Except in certain exceptional circumstances, disability allowance (DA) is not payable for any period in respect of which the claimant is resident outside of the state. On an administrative basis, DA allows for two weeks holiday entitlement in any twelve month period.

The person concerned was disallowed DA with effect from 6 December 2017 on the grounds that they were not resident in the State. He was notified of this decision and advised of his right to a review and appeal. No such request was received in this case.

I confirm that my Department received an application for DA from this gentleman on 12 February 2019. On completion of the necessary investigations on all aspects of the claim a decision will be made and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.