Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1453)

Bernard Durkan


1453. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if jobseeker's allowance payment can be restored in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19572/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

To qualify for a Jobseekers payment a person must be unemployed, capable of, available for and genuinely seeking full-time work, and when required be able to provide my Department with sufficient evidence to demonstrate that eligibility requirements in respect of these conditions are being met. A disqualification of up to 9 weeks may be imposed if a Deciding Officer is satisfied that a customer refused an offer of suitable employment.  

Based on information provided by the person concerned to the Deciding Officer on the 1 May 2019 a revised decision has been made in this instance.  The person concerned was disqualified from receiving Jobseekers Allowance for a period of 2 weeks for failing to take up an employment opportunity.  The person concerned has been advised in writing of this and also of their right to appeal this decision.

My Department operates a fast-tracking system for customers who sign off the live register to take up employment or training for a short period (up to 12 weeks) whereby a customer does not have to re-apply for a Jobseekers payment when the employment or training ends.  The 12 week suspension period ensures that a customer’s payment is re-instated without delay.

I trust this clarifies matters for the Deputy.