Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 761 No. 3

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  615.  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 lone parents allowance appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18835/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  The person concerned has lodged an appeal against the decision to disallow her application for a one-parent family payment and her file has been referred to an inspector for review as part of the appeal process.

  616.  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 diet supplement in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18841/12]

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 available evidence disallowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary decision. The person concerned was notified of the Appeals Officer decision on 13 April 2012.

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.

  617.  Deputy Brendan Griffin  Information on Brendan Griffin  Zoom on Brendan Griffin   asked the Minister for Social Protection  Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton   if a decision has been made on the appeal for disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18849/12]

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 appeal from the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing in this case.

There has been a very significant increase in the number of appeals received by the Social Welfare Appeals Office since 2007 when the intake was 14,070 to 2010 and 2011 when the intake rose to 32,432 and 31,241 respectively. This has significantly impacted on the processing time for appeals which require oral hearings and, in order to be fair to all appellants, they are dealt with in strict chronological order.

While every effort is being made to deal with the large numbers awaiting oral hearing as quickly as possible, it is not possible to give a date when the person’s oral hearing will be heard, but s/he will be informed when arrangements have been made.

[873]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.

  618.  Deputy Tom Hayes  Information on Tom Hayes  Zoom on Tom Hayes   asked the Minister for Social Protection  Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton   when a decision on an invalidity pension appeal will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18855/12]

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 23 January 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When received, the appeal in question will be referred in due course 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.

  619.  Deputy Michael McGrath  Information on Michael McGrath  Zoom on Michael McGrath   asked the Minister for Social Protection  Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton   the position regarding a bereavement grant appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [18860/12]

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 7 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 1 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.


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