Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1818)

Paul Kehoe

Question:

1818. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a deserted wives payment for a person (details supplied) will be investigated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35389/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Deserted Wife's Allowance is a means tested payment made to women under the age of 66 years who have no dependent children, who were deserted by their husband and who do not qualify for Deserted Wife's Benefit.

This person was in receipt of Deserted Wife’s Allowance from 30/6/1988 to 1/12/1990. The person was paid One Parent Family Payment from 6/12/1990 to 24/6/2009. The person is in receipt of Carer’s Allowance since 18/10/2007 to date.

The Deserted Wife’s Allowance scheme is closed to new applicants since 2/1/1997, it is therefore no longer possible to apply for this payment. There is no provision in legislation to revert to Deserted Wife’s Allowance.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.