Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1075)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

1075. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason the jobseeker's transitional payment was discontinued from January 2019 for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44944/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The person concerned applied on the 25th February 2019 for an illness benefit payment whilst undergoing medical treatment. Once an illness benefit claim is opened, Jobseeker's Transitional Payment (JST) is no longer payable as a condition of JST is that a claimant must be fit for work.

The JST claim continued to be paid until the 6th March 2019 when the claim was closed. The person concerned subsequently withdrew her Illness Benefit claim but as her JST claim had been closed it was not possible to recommence her JST without a certificate of fitness

I am advised that the person concerned did not resubmit another application for JST until the 04th of July 2019 when a new claim was made and a certificate of fitness provided for reduced hours. This claim has been paid from that date and remains in payment.