Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Questions (264)

Charlie McConalogue


264. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision will be made on a working family payment investigation for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal that is ongoing since December 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25754/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is an income-tested in-work payment which provides additional income support to employees on low earnings with children. In order to qualify for WFP an applicant must provide such documents, certificates , information or evidence as required for the purpose of deciding their entitlement.

All household income is assessable for WFP and must be disclosed by an applicant. Income that is assessable for WFP include an applicant's and their spouse/partner's earnings from employment plus any other income such as income from self employment, income from rented property, farm income, etc.

An application for WFP was received from the person concerned on 11 August 2018 and they were awarded WFP with effect from 26 July 2018 to 14 July 2019. However WFP was payable to 12 December 2018 only as they had ceased employment. A new WFP application was received from the person concerned on 18 February 2019 and was referred to a Social Welfare Inspector (SWI) for further clarification

Their WFP application was disallowed on 13 May 2019 as they failed to provide such documents, certificates, information or evidence that were requested by a SWI while determining their entitlement to WFP.

The person concerned was notified of this decision and of their right of review and appeal on 13 May 2019.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.