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Know your Rights: August 2012

Appealing your Leaving Certificate results

Q. If I am not happy with my Leaving Certificate results, can I appeal the grades?

Information and leaflets at the Blanchardstown citizen information centre

If you are not satisfied with the marks you got in one or more of your Leaving Certificate exams you can appeal those results to the State Examinations Commission. Before you make the decision to appeal your result(s), you may view your examination script. Only the scripts from the written examinations can be viewed. You cannot view the results of oral exams or the marks for practical exams. Viewing your papers: If you decide you would like to view a particular paper, you should use the personalised form that your school received with your examination results. You must return the completed form to your school by 21 August 2012. The Organising Superintendent appointed by the State Examinations Commission will assign you to one of the viewing sessions in schools on 31 August and 1 September 2012. You can be accompanied by one other person when viewing a script. However you cannot get someone else to view it for you in your absence. You can find information about viewing marked examination papers on the State Examinations Commission website examinations.ie. Appealing your results: The State Examinations Commission will provide your school with a personalised appeal application form. (For external candidates, this form will be enclosed with your examination results.) You indicate the subjects you wish to appeal on the appeal form. A result may be upgraded or downgraded as a result of an appeal. The appeal fee is 40 per subject for the standard Leaving Certificate and 15.50 for the Applied Leaving Certificate and must be paid in advance. Your application to appeal your 2012 examination results must be received by 5 September 2012.

Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.

Know Your Rights has been compiled by Blanchardstown D.15 Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel:  0761 07 5040 Address: Westend Office Park Snugborough Road, Ext. Blanchardstown D.15 E. blanchardstown@citinfo.ie
www.blanchardstown.cic.ie.

Information is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.


Community Employment Rates

Q. I am getting a reduced rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance as my wife is working. I am thinking of applying for a Community Employment scheme. As the work on the scheme is only part-time how much will I get?

Participants in a Community Employment (CE) scheme are paid a wage based on 19.5 hours a week or 39 hours a fortnight. Since 16 January 2012 new participants on Community Employment (CE) schemes cannot claim another social welfare payment at the same time.

Your CE payment is based on the rate of the social welfare payment you were getting before you started the CE scheme plus €20. However you cannot be paid less than €208 a week.

So if your reduced rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) is €188 a week or less, you will get the minimum weekly rate of €208 when you are working on a Community Employment scheme.

If your JA payment is more than €188 a week then your CE payment will be the same rate as your JA payment plus €20. For example, if your JA payment is €233 a week, you will get a CE payment of €253 a week.

Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.

Know Your Rights has been compiled by Blanchardstown D.15 Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel:  0761 07 50. Address: Westend Office Park Snugborough Road, Ext. Blanchardstown D.15 E. blanchardstown@citinfo.ie
 W. www.blanchardstown.cic.ie.

Information is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.


Changes In Pension Payments

Q. I will be 66 in October and retiring from work. I will be applying for a State Pension based on my PRSI contributions. I heard that the rates of payment have been reduced. Will I get less than my husband is getting at the moment on his State Pension?

At the moment you get the full rate of pension if you have a yearly average of 48 or more PRSI contributions. However, people with a reduced average of 20-47 PRSI contributions per year over their working life receive a weekly State Pension of only €4.50 less.

From September 2012 a lower pension will be payable to new applicants who have a yearly average of less than 48 PRSI contributions. The new rates are in the following table:

 

New State Pension (Contributory) Rates From September 2012
Yearly Average Contributions
Personal rate per week, €
Increase for a qualified adult* (under 66)
Increase for a qualified adult* (66 and over)
48 or over 230.30 153.50 206.30
40-47 225.80 146.00 196.00
30-39 207.00 139.00 186.00
20-29 196.00 130.00 175.00
15-19 150.00 100.00 134.00
10-14 92.00 61.00 83.00

*Increases for qualified adults are means-tested payments.

The new rates will not affect anyone who, like your husband, is already receiving the State Pension. You can read Frequently Asked Questions about the changes on welfare.ie.

Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.

Know Your Rights has been compiled by Blanchardstown D.15 Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel:  0761 07 50. Address: Westend Office Park Snugborough Road, Ext. Blanchardstown D.15 E. blanchardstown@citinfo.ie
 W. www.blanchardstown.cic.ie.

Information is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.


Lost passport

Q. My son is going abroad for the first time. What would happen if he lost his passport while he was travelling?

If you are an Irish citizen currently living abroad, travelling or on holiday abroad and your Irish passport is lost, stolen or misplaced, you must contact your nearest Irish embassy or consulate immediately. You will be asked to confirm the loss in writing or, if you are applying for a new passport, to include the details in your passport application.

You must also get in touch with the local police and request a written statement that you have reported the loss of your passport. A member of the police authority in the country in which you are staying must witness this statement.

You will need this statement to get an Emergency Travel Certificate (valid for one journey) or an Emergency Passport (valid for a restricted amount of time) from an Irish embassy or consulate.

If you are travelling on a multi-stop journey, where you will pass through more than one jurisdiction, you will need a new Irish passport. Again, you must report the loss of your passport immediately to your nearest Irish embassy or consulate.

If there is no Irish embassy or consulate in the country where you are, contact an embassy of another EU member state that will get in touch with the nearest Irish embassy on your behalf. An embassy of another EU member state cannot issue you with a new Irish passport, but can issue an Emergency Travel Document.

It may be useful to carry a photocopy of the personal data page of your passport with you when travelling or scan an image of that page and email it to yourself.

Any passport reported as lost or stolen is no longer a valid travel document and you should not try to travel on a passport which has been reported as lost or stolen.

Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.

Know Your Rights has been compiled by Blanchardstown D.15 Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel:  0761 07 50. Address: Westend Office Park Snugborough Road, Ext. Blanchardstown D.15 E. blanchardstown@citinfo.ie
 W. www.blanchardstown.cic.ie.

Information is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.

 

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