Thursday, 14 November 2019

Ceisteanna (178)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

178. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason for a reduction in a payment in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46959/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

A review of this lady’s disability allowance (DA) was carried out and it was established that the person concerned had means not previously disclosed to this department. DA is a means-tested payment. Means were assessed from the employment of the person concerned and the employment of her spouse, and a reduced amount of DA was awarded.

On 7 November 2019, the person concerned was informed of this decision and she was also notified of her right to seek a review of this decision or to appeal it directly to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. 

A letter giving further clarification on how this lady's weekly payment was calculated and a breakdown of how her means were assessed have issued to the person concerned. 

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.