Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1092)

Brendan Howlin

Question:

1092. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application for illness benefit by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45132/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

An application for Illness Benefit was received from the person concerned on 7th August 2019.

One of the qualifying conditions for Illness Benefit is that a person must have 39 weeks of PRSI contributions paid or credited in the relevant tax year, of which 13 must be paid contributions at class A, E or H. Alternatively, a person may have 26 weeks of PRSI contributions paid in the relevant tax year, and 26 weeks of PRSI contributions paid in the tax year immediately before the relevant tax year with all such contributions at class A, E or H.

I am advised that the person concerned does not satisfy the contribution conditions for Illness Benefit and a letter issued on 8th August 2019 explaining the position.

Should the person concerned be in need of financial assistance, it is open to him to contact the Community Welfare Service at his local Intreo Centre.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.