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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (431)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

431. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Social Protection when a working family payment will be reinstated to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [61257/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is an in work supplementary payment which provides additional financial support to employees on low earnings with children. Should a WFP recipient become ill during a WFP award period and qualifies for Illness Benefit (IB) or Occupational Injuries Benefit, WFP is only payable for 6 weeks in conjunction with either benefit. If their IB claim extends for more than 6 weeks, the WFP claim is stopped until either the WFP claimant resumes paid employment and submits a final medical certificate to the Department or until the WFP award period expires (whichever is the earlier)

The person concerned had an active (open) IB claim with effect from 4 October 2021.

An officer wrote to the person concerned on 26 November 2021, advising them that their WFP payment had been stopped as they had an active IB claim for over 6 weeks.

The person's IB claim was subsequently closed and their employment resumption details were submitted. Following their employment resumption on 18 October 2021, the person's WFP payment was reinstated from 2 December 2021.

A weekly payment and any arrears owing will have issued to their nominated financial account on 9 December 2021.

The person concerned was notified in writing of this decision on 7 December 2021.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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