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Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 320.  Deputy Anne Ferris Information on Anne Ferris Zoom on Anne Ferris  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  if she will expedite an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16687/12]

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 10th March 2012. 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. When received, the appeal in question will be referred in due course 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.

 321.  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 for domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); when a decision on their case may be expected; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16692/12]

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 28th 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 13th February 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.

 322.  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 for domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) when a decision on their case may be expected; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16693/12]

[834]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 29th February 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer 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.

 323.  Deputy John McGuinness Information on John McGuinness Zoom on John McGuinness  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  if following an oral hearing, carer's allowance will now be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will expedite a decision. [16723/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an oral hearing of this case took place on 12th March 2012 and the Appeals Officer is now considering the appeal in the light of all the evidence submitted, including that adduced at the oral hearing. The person concerned will be notified of the Appeals Officer decision when the appeal has been determined.

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.

 324.  Deputy John McGuinness Information on John McGuinness Zoom on John McGuinness  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  if an appeal submitted by a relative to her Department’s decision to reduce one parent family payment will be expedited and approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. [16729/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton I am informed by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an appeal for the person concerned hasn’t been registered. However, because of the large number of appeals currently being lodged, there is a delay of some three weeks in registering appeals and appeals received in this timeframe may not yet have been registered. The Chief Appeals Officer has assured me that all appropriate measures are being taken to address this backlog in registration.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office is an office of the Department that is independently responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.


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