Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (682)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

682. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if an overpayment in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will be reviewed in order to ascertain the reason they have been assessed with an overpayment due to a Departmental error; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28272/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The person concerned claimed Illness Benefit from 1st November 2018 to 16th December 2018 and nominated her employer as payee. She subsequently made a second Illness Benefit claim from 17th January 2019. This claim continues in payment to the person concerned as she elected that payment be made to herself in her application.

The person concerned was paid beyond the entitlement period to 23rd January 2019 on her first claim due to a processing system problem that has since been rectified. On the subsequent claim the person concerned was overpaid for the period 24th January to 20th March 2019 due to a duplicate payment issuing in error to the nominated bank account.

Arising from this, the person concerned was over issued €1,835.40, of which €746.40 was paid directly to her and €1,089.00 paid to her employer.

A letter issued to the person concerned on the 13th June 2019 outlining how she and her employer can refund the amounts overpaid.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.