Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (232)

Seán Fleming

Question:

232. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills the arrangements that will be in place in view of the fact that P60s and P45s and so on are no longer available; the arrangements that will be in place for persons to provide evidence of their income as part of the means tests in respect of SUSI grants; if there will be GDPR implications in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53215/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Education)

SUSI have a data-sharing arrangement in place with the Revenue Commissioners which returns income information and employment cessation end dates, where applicable. Where this information is unavailable through the feed, for example, where there is a large discrepancy between the amount declared and the amount returned by the Revenue feed or where the income/employment has ceased, SUSI requests a copy of the information from the relevant parties online Revenue portal, in the form of a download which verifies the income/employment cessation information.

SUSI’s data sharing arrangements are governed by provisions in the Student Support Act 2011 and where applicable, secondary legislation provided for in the Act. These data sharing arrangements assist in verifying an applicant’s eligibility for grant funding and will not be impacted by the recent Revenue modernisations.