Dáil Éireann - Volume 340 - 03 March, 1983

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

214. Mr. Molloy asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will arrange to pay unemployment assistance at the maximum rate to a person (details supplied) in County Galway.

Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. B. Desmond): The person concerned is a postal applicant and an order was issued to him on 18 February 1982 for encashment at his local post office paying all arrears of unemployment due to him. Further weekly payments at the maximum [1788] rate payable to him £63.75 are being made as they become due.

215. Mr. Molloy asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will arrange for the immediate payment of a non-contributory widow's pension to a person (details supplied) in County Galway.

Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. B. Desmond): The person concerned has been awarded a widow's non-contributory pension, at a reduced rate appropriate to a widow under 66 years of age with five qualified children, on the basis of her means derived from capital.

A pension book with orders payable from 17 December, 1982 has been issued to the designated post office for collection by her and she has been notified accordingly.

The arrears of pension due for the period from 20 August 1982 to 16 December 1982 will be paid direct to her by payable order shortly.

216. Mr. Molloy asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will arrange for the immediate payment of unemployment benefit to a person (details supplied) in County Galway.

Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. B. Desmond): The person concerned was paid disability benefit from 15 May 1982 to 29 December 1982. Payment was disallowed after that date following examination by a medical referee who expressed the opinion that he was capable of work.

He appealed against the decision and, in connection with his appeal, he was examined on 9 February 1983 by a different medical referee. On this occasion the medical referee was of opinion that the claimant was incapable of work. In the light of the medical referee's report following the second examination, the decision to disallow payment of disability benefit has been revised and payment has been restored from 30 December 1982.

A cheque for the arrears of disability benefit and pay-related benefit due to 3 February 1983, date of latest medical certificate received, was issued on 16 February 1983.

[1789] 217. Mr. Molloy asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will arrange for an early decision on a disability benefit appeal which was lodged by a person (details supplied) in County Galway.

Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. B. Desmond): The unemployment benefit claim of the person concerned was allowed at the maximum weekly rate of £31.65 and all arrears due were paid to him on 18 February 1983. Further weekly payments are being made as they become due. Inquiries to ascertain his net average weekly earnings are being made and when they are completed his entitlement to pay-related benefit will be determined.