Thursday, 24 January 2019

Ceisteanna (273)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

273. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason for the delay in approving an application by a person (details supplied) to commence employment under the partial capacity benefit; when this approval will issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3468/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Partial Capacity Benefit (PCB) allows a person who has been in receipt of Illness Benefit for six months and who may not have full capacity for work, to return to employment and continue to receive a partial or full payment from the Department.  

The personal rate of payment is based on the assessment of your restriction on capacity for work i.e. Moderate, Severe or Profound, where you retain 50%, 75%, or 100% of your payment respectively.

The Partial Capacity Benefit claim from the person concerned has been processed. A letter issued on the 24th October 2018 informing the claimant that she has been assessed as having a severe restriction on her capacity to work and asked that she inform the department before starting work in order that her claim be put into payment.

Once the department has received a return to work date from the person concerned she can be put on to a PCB payment.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.