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Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 147. 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  if an application for disability allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare has been [352]received in the relevant section of her Department; when it is likely that a decision will issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3206/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton I can confirm that the Department is in receipt of an application for disability allowance from the person concerned. On completion of the necessary investigations on all aspects of the claim a decision will be made and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome. The average time taken to process a claim for disability allowance to completion, including assessment of the claimant’s means, medical condition and habitual residence status is currently approximately 17 weeks.

 148.  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  if and when disability allowance will be awarded in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3207/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The person concerned was refused a disability allowance on the ground that, based upon the medical assessor’s assessment of the medical evidence supplied in support of the claim, the person is not medically suitable for disability allowance. The deciding officer accepted this opinion and the person was notified in writing of this decision on 5 September 2011.

Further medical evidence was subsequently supplied and was referred to the Department’s medical assessor who was also of the opinion, based on the information supplied, that she was not medically suitable for disability allowance. Accordingly, the deciding officer decided that there were no grounds to revise the original decision and the person concerned was notified in writing of this outcome on 29 December 2011.

 149.  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  if and when domiciliary care allowance will be awarded in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3208/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton An application for domiciliary care allowance was received on 31 May 2011. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who found that the child was not medically eligible for the allowance. A letter issued on 26th October 2011 advising of the decision. In the case of an application which is refused on medical grounds, the applicant may submit additional information and/or ask for the case to be reviewed. Alternatively, they may appeal the decision directly to the Social Welfare Appeals Office within twenty one days.

 150.  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  when jobseeker’s allowance will be approved in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3212/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The person concerned has an appointment at her local social welfare office on 18 January 2012 regarding an application for jobseeker’s benefit. Once all details are to hand a decision will be made on her claim as soon as possible.

 151.  Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  the position regarding a domiciliary care allowance application review in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3236/12]

[353]Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton An application for domiciliary care allowance was received on 18 July 2011. The person concerned informed the Department that additional information would follow. However, no additional information was received. The application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who found that the child was not medically eligible for the allowance and a decision to this effect issued on 4 November 2011.

The person concerned requested a review of this decision and subsequently submitted additional supporting information. The application has been forwarded to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors for review. When this medical opinion is received, a decision will issue to the customer.


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