Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1333)

Robert Troy

Question:

1333. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a working family payment will be awarded to a person (details supplied). [14165/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is an in-work weekly payment which provides additional financial support to employees on low earnings with children.

An application for WFP was received from the person concerned on 29 January 2019.

WFP is not payable while an applicant is a Qualified Adult (QA) on their spouse's Jobseeker's Allowance. (JSA) payment.

The applicant is a qualified adult on their spouse's current JSA claim.

It has been established that WFP is more beneficial for the family. The Department wrote to the person concerned on 22 March 2019 advising them to have their spouse's JSA payment adjusted.

Once this has been completed their WFP application will be processed without delay and the person concerned will be notified in writing.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.