Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (595)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

595. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of one-parent family payment claims refused in each social welfare region throughout the country in each of the past five years to date; the degree to which data protection rules were disregarded when compiling information that would ultimately result in the decision to refuse each case; the number of such cases refused or granted, respectively, on appeal by region; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38874/20]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

As the Deputy is aware, my Department carries out its functions within the bounds of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 (as amended) and of Data Protection legislation at all times. The Department does not, as the Deputy suggests, disregard data protection rules when assessing entitlement for a scheme.

The number of refused One Parent Family Payment applications for the last five years is set out in the table below. It is not possible to disaggregate this data by region or location.

Year

Refusals

2020 (Jan-Oct)

425

2019

874

2018

774

2017

725

2016

699

Information in relation to appeals is provided by the Social Welfare Appeals Office and is set out in the table below. The Social Welfare Appeals Office has informed me that this data is not available on a regional basis.

Year

Total Appeals Finalised

Upheld, Part Upheld, or Revised Decision

Disallowed or Withdrawn

2020 (Jan-Oct)

288

125

163

2019

321

128

193

2018

230

106

124

2017

257

140

117

2016

347

175

172