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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (455)

Michael Creed


455. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Social Protection when it is expected that a decision will issue on a review in relation to a working family payment for a person (details supplied). [61851/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Working Family Payment (WFP) formerly Family Income Supplement is a weekly in-work support, which provides an income top-up for employees on low earnings with children. To qualify for Working Family Payment the customer must have at least 1 qualified child who normally resides with them.

WFP is payable at 60% of the difference between the set income limit for a given family size and the weekly family income. There are set income limits for each family size. It is reassessed on an annual basis. WFP for the person concerned expired on 6 October 2021.

They had reapplied on 27 July 2021and the application was disallowed on the grounds that the weekly family income was higher than the prescribed income level for the family size. A decision letter issued on 03 September 2021 giving the right of review and appeal.

A review of this decision was requested on 06 December 2021. There was no change to the original decision as the household income for the person concerned still exceeded the limit. A letter confirming this issued to the person concerned on 8th December.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.