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Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 343.  Deputy Alan Farrell Information on Alan Farrell Zoom on Alan Farrell  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  the total number of applications for appeals on social welfare decisions in 2010 and 2011; the number of those appeals which were successful in changing the outcome of their application through this process; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16987/12]

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 there is no direct link between the number of appeals received in a given year and the number processed in that year as all appeals received in a given year will not have [841]been reached and the number of appeals processed will include appeals received in previous years.

A total of 32,432 appeals were received in 2010 and 31,241 in 2011. In 2010, 28,166 were processed of which 12,029 (43%) had a favourable outcome for the appellant. Of these, 7,282 were revised by the Deciding Officer on further examination of the case in the light of the grounds of appeal and new evidence submitted by the appellant. The relevant figures for 2011 were 34,027 appeals processed, of which 14,366 (42%) had a favourable outcome. Of these 6,035 were revised by the Deciding Officer.


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