Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Ceisteanna (210)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

210. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 433 of 1 May 2018, the position in relation to the obligation of parents to retain receipts of evidence of expenditure; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21613/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Social welfare legislation provides that where a person is medically certified as being unable to manage their own financial affairs, the Minister may appoint an agent who is responsible for collecting the person’s social welfare payment and acting on their behalf, with a duty to act in the best interests of the person. The agent may be a parent or other qualified person.

The appointed agent is responsible for ensuring that all payments received are used to the benefit of the person and in their best interest. They are also required, under the legislation, to keep a record of all transactions involving the monies received and produce these records when requested to do so by an officer of the Minister.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.