Thursday, 9 May 2019

Ceisteanna (159)

Niamh Smyth


159. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a working family payment application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20201/19]

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. In order to qualify for WFP, an applicant or the applicant and their spouse, partner or cohabitant must be engaged in full-time remunerative employment as an employee for not less than 38 hours per fortnight.

An application for WFP was received from the person concerned on 23 January 2019.

Their application was disallowed on 20 February 2019 as they did not satisfy the above employment condition at the time of application.

The person concerned requested a review of the decision of 20 February 2019. Following a review of their application based on updated employment related information, it has been established that they now satisfy the above condition from a later date and have been awarded WFP with effect from 07 March 2019 to 04 March 2020.

The first weekly payment and all arrears owing will issue to their nominated bank account on 08 May 2019.

The person concerned was notified in writing of this decision on 03 May 2019 and of the right of review and appeal.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the deputy.