Dáil Question for the Minister for Social Protection
To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons who have been identified as participating in full time study while incorrectly claiming jobseeker’s payments in 2011 and 2012; the number of these persons who continued to claim these benefits by proving that they have ceased their education in order to continue to receive their benefits; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
Data is currently being received and collated for individuals registered as full-time students in the current academic year 2012/2013.
The Department does not keep records of the number of the persons who continue to claim benefits by proving that they have ceased their education, as requested by the Deputy. It should be noted that the Department’s Back to Education Programme is designed to encourage people getting certain social welfare payments to improve their skills and qualifications by taking an approved second or third level course at a recognised school or college and still continue to receive a payment.