Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (500)

Brendan Griffin


500. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Social Protection the options available in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6787/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Illness Benefit is paid for a maximum of two years or 624 payable days. The person concerned was in receipt of an Illness Benefit payment from the 22nd December 2018 to the 25th December 2020, at which point his entitlement to an Illness Benefit payment exhausted.

A letter issued to the person concerned on the 26th September 2020 informing him that his entitlement to Illness Benefit was due to expire, and giving him details of other schemes which may be appropriate to his situation.

The person concerned should continue to supply medical certificates for the duration of the period in which he is incapable of work in order to receive PRSI credited contributions.

If the person concerned is permanently incapable of work or will be incapable of work for at least a further 12 months, it is open for him to apply for the long term illness scheme Invalidity Pension.

If the person concerned is in urgent need of financial assistance, it is open for him to apply for assistance under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance scheme at his local Intreo Office.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.