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Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 144.  Deputy Anne Ferris Information on Anne Ferris Zoom on Anne Ferris  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  the position regarding an appeal on an application for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3167/12]

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 22nd October 2011. 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 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.

 145.  Deputy Pat Breen Information on Pat Breen Zoom on Pat Breen  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3168/12]

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 there is no registered appeal for the person concerned. However, because of the large number of appeals currently being lodged, there is a backlog in the office in registering appeals. If the appeal has been submitted in recent weeks the appeal will be registered and acknowledged in due course. The Chief Appeals Officer has assured me that all appropriate measures are being taken to address this situation.

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.

Question No. 146 withdrawn.


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