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Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 No. 1

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 112. Deputy Paschal Donohoe Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  when a domiciliary [152]care allowance appeal will be finalised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [7327/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the appeals from the person concerned were referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing in these cases.

There has been a very significant increase in the number of appeals received by the Social Welfare Appeals Office since 2007 when the intake was 14,070 to 2010 when the intake rose to 32,432. This has significantly impacted on the processing time for appeals which require oral hearings and, in order to be fair to all appellants, they are dealt with in strict chronological order.

While every effort is being made to deal with the large numbers awaiting oral hearing as quickly as possible, it is not possible to give a date when the person’s oral hearing will be heard, but s/he will be informed when arrangements have been made.

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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