Thursday, 20 June 2019

Questions (196)

Tom Neville


196. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the case of a person (details supplied) will be reviewed; the way in which the allowance was calculated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25883/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Following a review of the entitlement of this lady, it was found that she had an increase in her means from her previous assessment. The means were from her spouses employment. Based on the information provided to my department, a reduced rate of disability allowance (DA) was awarded. The reduced rate became effective from 29 May 2019.

Notification of this decision issued on 5 June 2019. The person concerned was given the right to appeal this decision within 21 days to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. No appeal was received in this case.

When assessing means for DA we have to establish an acceptable average pattern of earnings which takes account of fluctuations in earnings. In this case we have taken the average earnings over a period of time by taking the cumulative gross and dividing it over the weeks worked less any applicable deductions.

If there has been a change to the circumstances of the person concerned, she may forward any relevant documentation that she deems relevant and the case will be reviewed.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.