Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1349)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

1349. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason a working family payment has not issued to a person (details supplied) since October 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14231/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is an in-work payment which provides additional income support to employees on low earnings with children. In order to qualify for WFP, an applicant must have a qualified child and be engaged in full-time paid employment as an employee for not less than 38 hours per fortnight.

Under Social Welfare Legislation, a qualified child is defined as a child under 18 years of age or aged between 18 and under 22 and in recognised full-time day education.

Working family payment for the person concerned was due for renewal from 19 July 2018. Working family payment was renewed on the basis that her son would be attending fulltime day education at a recognised college/university.

A fulltime education certificate was received on 22 October 2018, and as the person concerned did not have a qualified child as defined in legislation the working family payment claim was disallowed with effect from 24th October 2018 and correspondence issued to the person concerned.

I trust this clarifies the matter.