Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Questions (614)

Willie O'Dea


614. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason a person (details supplied) who applied for the working family payment received an email confirming that they were entitled to €114 per week and the following day received an email stating that they did not qualify for the payment; the legislation which defines the term dependent child for the purposes of the working family payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50578/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is a weekly in-work support, which provides an income support for employees, on low earnings, with children. To qualify for Working Family Payment the customer must have at least one qualified child who normally resides with them. Under Social Welfare Legislation, a qualified child is defined as a child under 18 years of age or aged between 18 and up to age 22 and in full-time education. 

Working Family Payment for the person concerned was due for renewal from 30 September 2021.

As the child of the person concerned was 22 years old at the time of renewal, she does not meet the definition of a qualified child for the purposes of Working Family Payment. This claim was regrettably  initially awarded in error and once this was identified a revised decision was made. A disallowance letter issued to the person concerned advising them that they did not satisfy the conditions of the scheme and advising her of her right of review and appeal.

 I trust this clarifies the matter.