Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1417)

Brendan Howlin

Question:

1417. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application for the working family payment by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18884/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is an in-work payment which provides additional financial support to employees on low earnings with children. In order to qualify for WFP an applicant or the applicant and their spouse, partner or cohabitant must be engaged in full-time remunerative employment as an employee for not less than 38 hours per fortnight.

An application for WFP was received from the person concerned on 01 November 2018.

Their application was disallowed on 20 November 2018 as they did not satisfy the above employment condition at the time of application.

The person concerned requested a review of the decision of 20 November 2018. Following a review of their application based on new information provided by the applicant, it has been established  that they now satisfy the above condition and have been awarded WFP with effect from 06 September 2018 to  04 September 2019.

WFP is not payable while an applicant is in receipt of Illness Benefit (IB) and the person concerned has a current IB claim.

The Department wrote to the person concerned on 2 May 2019 advising them to close their IB claim and once this has been completed, the revised decision will be implemented without delay and the person concerned will be notified in writing.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.