Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 730 No. 4

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  103.  Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl   asked the Minister for Social Protection  Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton   when a decision will issue on an appeal of a decision for carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8716/11]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 16th December 2010. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Social Welfare Services on the grounds of appeal be sought. When received, the appeal in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer for consideration. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

  104.  Deputy James Bannon  Information on James Bannon  Zoom on James Bannon   asked the Minister for Social Protection  Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton   the position regarding an application for reinstatement of a carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8723/11]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the appeal from the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing in this case. The person concerned will be informed when arrangements have been made. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

  105.  Deputy James Bannon  Information on James Bannon  Zoom on James Bannon   asked the Minister for Social Protection  Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton   the position regarding an appeal for an invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8724/11]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all the evidence, disallowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary decision. The person concerned has [753]been notified of the decision. The legislation provides that an Appeals Officer may decide a case before him/her on the basis of the documentary evidence. This course of action was taken in this case as it was considered that an oral hearing was not warranted. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.


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