Thursday, 13 June 2019

Questions (215)

Bernard Durkan


215. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when arrears of jobseeker's allowance and rent support is payable in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24727/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The person concerned is currently in receipt of a jobseeker's allowance payment amounting to €274 per week.  Arrears of jobseeker's allowance amounting to €2,826.03 for the period 23/1/19 to 9/4/19 have been withheld to offset against an overpayment of €23,873.33 incurred during the period 5/6/07 to 27/11/18.  The person concerned was notified in writing on 2/5/19 that arrears were being withheld to be offset against this overpayment.  The person concerned was given the opportunity to comment on the contents of this letter within 14 days, setting out any facts or evidence he might wish the Department to take into consideration in examining the claim.  To-date no communication has been received.

According to our records the person concerned does not have a current rent supplement application registered with the Department. 

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.