Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Ceisteanna (487)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

487. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a living alone application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48921/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The living alone allowance is an additional payment of €9.00 per week made to people aged 66 years of age or over who are in receipt of certain social welfare payments and who live entirely alone. It is only available to people to people who are under 66 years of age, if they are in receipt of disability allowance, invalidity pension, incapacity supplement or blind pension.

As the person concerned is under age 66 years and is not in receipt of a qualifying payment it was decided on the 22nd November 2019 they are not eligible for the living alone allowance increase. The person concerned has been notified of outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.