Dáil Éireann - Volume 603 - 14 June, 2005

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

  445. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be approved for the free schemes. [19489/05]

  Mr. Brennan:One of the conditions for receipt of the various allowances available under my Department’s household benefits package is that a customer must be permanently residing in the State. In September 2003, entitlement of the person concerned to an old age non-contributory pension ceased as he was no longer resident in the State. As a consequence, his entitlement to the household benefits package also ceased.

If the person concerned is now permanently residing in the State he should reapply for the household benefits package as well as an old age non-contributory pension. The relevant application forms have issued to him recently. As soon as these are completed and returned to my Department, his entitlement will be examined and he will be notified of the outcome as quickly as possible.