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Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 268.  Deputy Tom Fleming Information on Tom Fleming Zoom on Tom Fleming  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  if she will expedite a jobseeker’s allowance appeal review in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6621/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton Further to my response to Parliamentary Question Ref. No. 1005/12, I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that there is no update to the information given previously.

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.

 269.  Deputy Tony McLoughlin Information on Tony McLoughlin Zoom on Tony McLoughlin  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  when a decision will issue on an application for invalidity pension appeal in respect of a person (details supplies) in County Sligo; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6622/12]

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 8 November 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 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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