Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Questions (279)

Denis Naughten


279. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision will be made on a jobseeker's allowance application by a person (details supplied); the reason for the delay in same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49374/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The person concerned made an application for a Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment on 5 September, 2019.

Insufficient information was provided by the person concerned and this, together with a change in address and telephone number, has led to a delay in processing their claim.  The claim is currently assigned to a Social Welfare Inspector for investigation.  Additional information has been requested by the Inspector and, when it is received, the Inspector will be in a position to finalise their report and submit it to a Deciding Officer for decision. 

While awaiting a decision on their claim, the person concerned has received financial assistance from my Department in the form of Exceptional Needs Payments under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance scheme. 

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.