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Working Family Payment

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 26 November 2020

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Questions (291)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Question:

291. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Social Protection when a decision will be made on an application for the working family payment by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39321/20]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is an in-work payment, which provides additional income support to employees on low earnings with qualified children. In order to qualify for WFP, an applicant, or the applicant and their spouse, partner or cohabitant must be engaged in full-time remunerative employment as an employee for not less than 38 hours per fortnight. This employment condition must be satisfied on an ongoing basis.

An application for WFP was received from the person concerned on 07 July 2020.

Their application was disallowed on 13 July 2020, as they did not satisfy the above employment condition. Based on their completed application-form (WFP1), and on the Department's real-time (current) records, the applicant was not engaged in employment as an employee at the time of application.

The person concerned was notified in writing of this decision on 13 July 2020, and of the right of review and appeal.

In view of the fact that this person has not received the above notification to date, a copy of the Department's decision notification (that was issued on 13 July 2020) has been reissued to the person concerned.

I trust this clarifies the position for the Deputy.

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