Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (602)

Seán Haughey

Question:

602. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to ensure that all outstanding payments are made to a person (details supplied) in respect of their disability allowance and invalidity pension claims; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16612/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Department has no record of either a Disability Allowance or Invalidity Pension claim from the person concerned. However, the person concerned does have a recent Illness Benefit claim.

Illness Benefit is paid for a maximum of 2 years or 624 payable days. The person concerned received 2 years of Illness Benefit payment and her entitlement to payment on this scheme exhausted on the 22nd February 2019.

To requalify for Illness Benefit, she will need to have paid a further 13 reckonable PRSI contributions after the 22nd February 2019.

The person concerned can continue to send in medical certificates for the period she is incapable of work in order to receive credited contributions.  

It is open to the person concerned to make an application for Disability Allowance or Invalidity Pension if she expects to be incapable of work for at least the next 12 months.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.