Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Ceisteanna (484)

Bernard Durkan


484. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 235 of 27 September 2018, if a payment level in the case of a person (details supplied) will be re-examined in view of an error; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40842/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

A payment increase to a Jobseekers payment for a Qualified Child is usually paid in circumstances here a child up to 18 years of age lives with the client. However, if a customer has been in receipt of a Jobseeker’s Allowance payment for at least 156 days and their child/children is in full-time education, an increase for a Qualified Child (IQC) will be paid up to 22 years of age, or up to the end of the academic year in which the child reaches 22.

In this particular case, the person concerned has 2 dependent children less than 18 years of age for which they are in receipt of an additional payment for. However, if the person concerned has two other children who are in fulltime education, then there is no payment due for them as the person concerned has not been in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance for the qualifying conditions of 156 days. My Department will review the claim of the person concerned when it reaches 156 days duration in order to determine the eligibility of any additional children at that time. I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.