Backdating job seekers allowance

01 Apr

When a claim for social welfare is made by a person in a relevant State, there is a legal onus on that State to take liaison action.

This involves initiating a claim on the person's behalf in Ireland, where relevant.

He or she may also be interviewed at home or be required to attend at a local office of the Department for interview.

Under EU Regulations and bilateral agreement legislation governing social welfare payments, a claim made in any State covered by the legislation (a relevant State) may be regarded as a claim for a similar type of payment in Ireland.

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It is a condition of a person's right to any payment that he or she makes a claim for the specific payment in the manner set out in regulations (Article 179 of SI 142 of 2007) and satisfies the Department of his or her identity.The usual requirement is that the claimant must complete and sign the appropriate application form and ensure that it is submitted to the relevant section of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) within a specified period of becoming entitled to the payment.This period is usually referred to as 'the prescribed time' - see paragraph 3.4 below.For the purposes of satisfying identity, the Claimant may be asked to: Where a claimant for any Social Welfare Benefit or Assistance (excluding Supplementary Welfare Allowance) is required to produce Birth, Marriage or Death certificates, these may be purchased for a reduced fee (currently €1.00) from the General Register Office or Superintendent Registrar's Office (one located in each county).In the case of certificates required for the purpose of obtaining Supplementary Welfare Allowance, no fee is payable.