Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (581)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

581. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Social Protection if the case of a person will be examined (details supplied). [27134/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

According to the records of my Department, the person concerned applied for a Jobseeker’s Benefit payment on 15/09/2020.  In order to process the application, further documentation was sought from the person concerned on 15/09/2020.  To-date this information has not been provided and the claim remains pending. 

The person concerned applied for a Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) on 18/09/2020 and will receive her first payment to her nominated bank account on 29/09/2020.

If the person concerned is experiencing financial difficulties she can contact her local Community Welfare Service in the Bishop’s Square Intreo Centre where her circumstances will be assessed.  Under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance scheme, the Department can make a single Exceptional Needs Payment to help meet essential, once-off expenditure, which a person could not reasonably be expected to meet out of their weekly income.  There is no automatic entitlement to these payments which are payable at the discretion of the officers administering the scheme, taking into account the requirements of the legislation and all the relevant circumstances of the case, in order to ensure that the payments target those most in need of assistance.  The Community Welfare Service may be contacted by phone at (01) 4763500.

I trust this clarifies the matter.