Thursday, 13 June 2019

Questions (216)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

216. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the manner in which an overpayment occurred in the case of a person (details supplied); if a nominal amount of repayment can be agreed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24728/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The person concerned incurred two separate jobseeker's allowance overpayments. The first overpayment amounts to €915.32 and covers the period 20/3/18 to 6/5/18 and occurred as the person concerned failed to inform the Department that the adult dependant had two employers.  The second overpayment amounts to €1,752, covering the period 1/8/18 to 1/11/18 and occurred as the person concerned failed to inform the Department that the adult dependant was absent from the state.

The person concerned has entered into an agreement with the Department to repay the debts by direct debit of €50 per week with effect from 7/6/19.

If the person concerned is experiencing financial hardship with the recovery plan as agreed.  It is open to her to contact her local Intreo Centre and renegotiate an alternative recovery plan, better suited to her current circumstances.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.