Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (636)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

636. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her Department will accept the address point service offered by An Post which is given to homeless persons for use in the context of claims; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21937/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

My Department is aware of the recent introduction of the Address Point service by An Post, which provides a free personal address and mail collection service for people who are homeless. The Address Point service generates a personal address based on the person’s choice of local post office, which will be their mail collection point and  does not use include the words “Post Office”.  My Department accepts this service offered by An Post to homeless persons for the purposes of the SAFE registration process and the issuing of a Public Services Card.

Given the recent introduction of the service, I am aware that a small number of claims, which include such an address, have been received and such claims were authorised, once the conditions for payment were satisfied.

If the Deputy is aware of a case where the use of the An Post Address Point service is at issue in relation to a claim submitted to my Department, I would be grateful if the details of the case were provided.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.