Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (519)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

519. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when a social welfare payment will be reinstated in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7312/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Payment of a Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) payment in the case of the person concerned ceased on 23/12/2020 and is presently suspended pending the provision of a current Irish Residence Permit (IRP) formerly known as a GNIB card. This permit is required to verify continued entitlement to JA.

The person concerned applied for a Supplementary Welfare Allowance payment on 13/01/2021, this claim is also pending the provision of a current IRP.

On 01/02/2021 the person concerned submitted to my Department written confirmation from the Immigration Office that she does not currently have permission to reside in the State. On the same date, my officials requested written confirmation from the person concerned that she has applied for a new passport through the relevant embassy together with 3 months up-to-date bank statements for all financial accounts held by her.

Whilst receipt of this documentation is pending, the person concerned is being paid a weekly Exceptional Needs Payment (ENP) since 08/01/2021 at a rate in line with her previous JA payment. This ENP will continue to be considered on a weekly basis.

I trust this clarifies the matter.