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Social Welfare Overpayments

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 23 May 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Ceisteanna (358)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

358. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection if a review of overpayment can be undertaken in the case of a person (details supplied) who it appears was placed on the incorrect rate of payment in 2013 and who could not have reasonably known that they were on the incorrect rate of payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24646/17]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

It is the policy of the Department to seek recovery of overpayments. The client concerned accrued an overpayment of rent supplement during the period 1/6/12 – 28/2/13 as her combined household income from one parent family payment, family income supplement and maternity benefit during this period, exceeded her rate of rent supplement entitlement. While the client concerned has repaid a portion of this overpayment, there remains an outstanding balance which must be recouped by the Department.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the deputy.

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