Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2700)

John Brady


2700. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of years a review into farm assist can go back; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32388/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Farm Assist is a means tested income support payment for farmers. A person's entitlement to farm assist is reviewed on an ongoing basis, as is the case for all schemes, to ensure that the customer continues to satisfy the conditions of the scheme. A person's means may also be reviewed from time to time to ensure that the customer is in receipt of the correct payment. Claims may be reviewed retrospectively over a number of years depending on the time period relevant to the claim review.

A customer may also request a review of their means in the light of changed circumstances at any time.

I trust that this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.