Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2810)

John Brady

Question:

2810. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she or her officials have held discussions with the Minister for Justice and Equality and-or his officials in respect of the procedures in place for lone parents seeking child maintenance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33695/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

With regard to contact with the Department of Justice and Equality, I understand the Deputy to be referring to the requirement for recipients of one-parent family payment to seek maintenance. My Department is currently reviewing the maintenance and liable relative procedures, insofar as they relate to the one-parent family payment scheme, and has had an initial preliminary contact with the Department of Justice and Equality. Further formal contacts with that Department, which is the Department responsible for the Family Law Acts, which govern family maintenance arrangements, will be required in the context of this review.