Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1067)

Richard Boyd Barrett


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.