Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1067)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

1067. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if an exception will be made to the rules to allow a person (details supplied) to participate in a community employment scheme with nine months on jobseeker's allowance; if she will meet with the personm to discuss same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44829/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The person concerned was in receipt of a jobseeker's benefit payment until his entitlement to this short term payment completed on 9/5/2019. The person concerned is currently in receipt of unemployment credits with effect from 10/5/2019. An unemployment credited contributions claim does not confer any payment entitlement rather it ensures that a person's social insurance record remains unbroken for the period of the claim.

Unfortunately the person concerned does not qualify to participate in a community employment (CE)scheme as he is not in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for at least 12 months and does therefore not meet the relevant qualifying criteria. I am advised that my Department has no record of receiving an application for a jobseeker's allowance payment from the person concerned following the ending of his claim to jobseeker's benefit.

Regrettably the person concerned does not meet the conditions for participation in a CE scheme at present.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.