Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 761 No. 3

First Page Previous Page Page of 1006 Next Page Last Page

  611.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Social Protection  Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton   the position regarding a jobseeker’s allowance appeal by a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18827/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  The person concerned submitted an application for Jobseeker’s Allowance on 9 June 2009. The claim was disallowed as the customer failed to disclose means. The decision was appealed to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office in August 2009. The Appeals Officer upheld the decision to disallow the claim in January 2011.

While the person concerned received Supplementary Welfare Allowance from July 2009 to end December 2010, there is no record of any new application or contact from the person concerned in over 12 months.

  612.  Deputy Michael McCarthy  Information on Michael McCarthy  Zoom on Michael McCarthy   asked the Minister for Social Protection  Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton   when a decision will be made on an appeal for rent allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18829/12]

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 28 February 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 22 March 2012 and the appeal will, in due course, be assigned 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.

  613.  Deputy Jack Wall  Information on Jack Wall  Zoom on Jack Wall   asked the Minister for Social Protection  Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton   the position regarding an appeal against the decision to refuse an application for disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18830/12]

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 disability allowance claim of the person concerned was disallowed following an assessment by a Medical Assessor who expressed the opinion that she was medically unsuitable for the allowance. An appeal was registered on 15 March 2012 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.


Last Updated: 08/03/2013 14:28:57 First Page Previous Page Page of 1006 Next Page Last Page