Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Dáil Éireann Debate
119. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will expedite and approve an appeal for disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will expedite a decision. [11682/12]
Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the disability allowance claim of the person concerned was disallowed following an assessment by a Medical Assessor who expressed the opinion that he was medically unsuitable for the allowance. An appeal was registered on 24 November 2011 and in accordance with the statutory procedures the relevant department papers and the comments of the Deciding Officer on the matter raised in the appeal have been sought. In that context, an assessment by another Medical Assessor will be carried out.
The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social and Family Affairs and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.
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