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Written Answers. - Social Welfare Appeals.

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 1

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 493. Mr. Ring Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring  asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs Information on Mary Coughlan Zoom on Mary Coughlan  if an appeal can be opened on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [23653/02]

Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan Zoom on Mary Coughlan A carer's allowance was awarded to the person concerned with effect from 8 August at the weekly rate of €46.40, based on a means assessment of €144.78 derived from his wife's earnings. He was notified of this decision on 19 July and was advised then of his right of appeal within 21 days to the chief appeals officer if dissatisfied.

In view of the length of time that has elapsed since the person was notified of the decision it is not considered appropriate to open an appeal at this stage. It is open to the person concerned to make a further application for the allowance and to have the matter determined afresh in the light of any changed circumstances. If he is dissatisfied with the decision at that stage he would have the right to appeal against it to the social welfare appeals office.

Under social welfare legislation decisions on claims must be made by deciding officers and appeals officers. The acceptance of appeals received after the expiry of the statutory period is a matter for the chief appeals officer. These officers are statutorily appointed and I have no role in making such decisions.

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