Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (492)

Bernard Durkan


492. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection if emergency supplementary welfare needs payment will issue to a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6516/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

According to the records of my Department, the person concerned made an application for an Exceptional Needs Payment (ENP) on 20/11/2020. This claim was disallowed on the basis that the person concerned failed to establish a need for assistance as her bank statement reflects lodgements being made by her former partner.

A decision letter dated 07/12/2020 issued to the person concerned advising her of the outcome of her application and affording her the option of seeking a review of the designated officer’s decision. My officials have advised that a request for a review has not been received from the person concerned.

If the circumstances of the person concerned have changed since her last ENP application it is open to her to submit a new application by contacting her local Community Welfare Officer at (087) 2950536 or by email at

The person concerned currently has 2 appeals with the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office for Supplementary Welfare Allowance and Disability Allowance claims which were disallowed on 18/09/2020 and 09/11/2020 respectively.

I trust this clarifies the matter.