Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1454)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

1454. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the level of a working family payment can be reviewed in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19573/19]

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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.  

Working family payment for the person concerned was renewed from 11th October 2018 at a rate of €48 per week, taking the earnings for the person concerned and her spouse's unemployment assistance as assessable income. 

Once WFP is granted, it is payable for 52 weeks at the same rate, as long as the customer continues to be engaged in full-time paid employment as an employee for at least 38 hours every fortnight.  It is not affected by changes in family income such as increases or decreases.  Working family payment for the person concerned will continue at the same rate until the claim is due for next renewal on 9th October 2019.

I trust this clarifies the matter.