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Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 276.  Deputy Gerald Nash Information on Gerald Nash Zoom on Gerald Nash  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  when a decision will issue on an application for carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6764/12]

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 13 August 2011. 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 30 November 2011 and the appeal was assigned to an Appeals Officer on 13 January 2012 who will decide whether the case can be decided on a summary basis or whether to list it for oral hearing.

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.

 277.  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 progress made to date in determination of eligibility for rent allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6801/12]

[446]Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The person concerned was awarded rent supplement on 12 November 2011. On 11 January 2012, their rent supplement was temporarily suspended as their primary jobseeker’s payment had been suspended. The rent supplement claim will be reactivated when the impediments with the primary social welfare payment have been resolved.

Question No. 278 withdrawn.


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