Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Ceisteanna (502)

Tom Neville

Ceist:

502. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a living alone allowance application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49114/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The living alone allowance is an additional payment of €9 per week made to people aged 66 years or over who live alone and are in receipt of certain social welfare payments. It is only available 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 of age and is not in receipt of a qualifying payment it was decided on the 19th November 2019 that they are not eligible for a living alone allowance increase. The person concerned was notified of the decision on the same date.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.