Dáil Éireann - Volume 666 - 06 November, 2008
Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.
Deputy Jack Wall Deputy Jack Wall
Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kildare is not being granted a mortgage allowance payment in view of their income details; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38981/08]
Deputy Mary Hanafin Deputy Mary Hanafin
Deputy Mary Hanafin: The supplementary welfare allowance scheme, which includes mortgage interest supplement, is administered on behalf of the department by the Community Welfare division of the Health Service Executive. Neither I nor the Department has any function in relation to decisions on individual claims.
Mortgage interest supplement provides short-term income support to eligible people who are unable to meet their mortgage interest repayments in respect of a house which is their sole place of residence. The supplement assists with the interest portion of the mortgage repayments only.
The Health Service Executive has advised that the person concerned was refused a mortgage interest supplement because her means were deemed sufficient to meet her mortgage interest costs. It is open to the person concerned to appeal this decision to the Health Services Executive designated Appeals Officer.
Dáil Éireann 666 Written Answers. Social Welfare Benefits.