Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1836)

Michael Healy-Rae


1836. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a working family payment application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35617/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is an in-work payment which provides additional income support to employees on low earnings with children. In order to qualify for WFP, an applicant must have a qualified child and be engaged in full-time paid employment as an employee for not less than 38 hours per fortnight.

To qualify for Working Family Payment a person must be in employment working a minimum of 38 hours per fortnight as defined in legislation Article 175 of S.I 142/2007.

Working family payment for the person concerned was due for renewal on 4 July 2019. From the information provided and our records at the time of renewal the person concerned did not meet the condition of being in employment for a minimum of 38 hours per fortnight and the claim was disallowed.

The person concerned has appealed the decision and the file has been referred to the Appeals Office.

I trust this clarifies the matter.