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Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 No. 1

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 105.  Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  the position regarding an appeal for carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo. [7281/12]

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 26 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 they have been 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.

 106.  Deputy Martin Heydon Information on Martin Heydon Zoom on Martin Heydon  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  the position regarding an appeal for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7282/12]

[151]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 15 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 16 January 2012 and the appeal will be assigned, in due course, to an Appeals Officer 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.

Questions Nos. 107 and 108 withdrawn.

 109.  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 Tipperary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7321/12]

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 24 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 14 November 2011 and the appeal was assigned to an Appeals Officer on 30 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.


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