Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (618)

Clare Daly


618. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the case of a person (details supplied) will be re-examined taking into consideration the up to date information they submitted; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5278/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Working Family Payment (WFP) is an in-work payment which provides additional income support to employees on low earnings with children.

WFP applications are processed based on information declared by an applicant and their employer at the time of application in accordance with the governing social welfare legislation. This legislation provides that, once WFP is awarded, the rate remains the same for a 52 week period regardless of changes in working hours or in income or earnings.

A completed WFP application (WFP 1) was received from the person concerned on 16 November 2018. The applicant commenced employment with their current employer on 08 October 2018. Accordingly, they were awarded WFP on 07 December 2018 with effect from 11 October 2018 to 09 October 2019. This decision was based on the information declared by the applicant and their employer at the time of application.

The person concerned advised the Department in December that their working hours had reduced and sought a review of the decision. A Deciding Officer (DO) carried out a review of this case on 11 January 2019 and decided that this decision was correct and in accordance with the governing legislation.

The person concerned has been advised of their right of appeal to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office.

I trust the matter is clarified for the Deputy.