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Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 279.  Deputy Simon Harris Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  the position regarding an appeal in respect of a refusal to grant domiciliary care allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; if she will provide a timeframe for when this appeal will be completed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6771/12]

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 17 October 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 17 January 2012 and the appeal will, in due course, be assigned 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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