Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (581)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

581. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the case of a person (details supplied) will be addressed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49999/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

According to the records held by my Department, the person concerned has not recently submitted an application for a Jobseeker’s payment.

In addition to a number of other qualifying conditions for Jobseeker's Benefit, a person must be available for, capable of and genuinely seeking full-time employment to be eligible for this scheme.

It would appear that as the person concerned is currently submitting illness certs for credit purposes only and is also attending a full-time course of study she may not satisfy the conditions for the receipt of a Jobseeker’s payment.

Should the person concerned satisfy the conditions for Jobseeker’s Benefit and make an application before 6/1/20 she may qualify for a payment at the full personal rate of €203 per week based on the Governing Contribution Year (GCY) 2017.

Should this person satisfy the conditions for Jobseeker’s Benefit as outlined above and makes an application on or after the 6/1/20 she may qualify for payment at a reduced rate of €91.10 per week based on the GCY 2018.

It is open to the person concerned to submit an application for a Jobseeker’s payment if she feels she fulfils the qualification criteria for this payment. It is also open to her to call to her local Intreo Centre if she has any queries regarding her social welfare entitlements.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.