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Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 No. 1

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 117.  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  when a decision will issue on a disability allowance application now under appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow. [19600/12]

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 person concerned was assessed by a Medical Assessor of the Social Welfare Services who was of the opinion that he was medically unsuitable for disability allowance. He appealed this decision and in that context he was assessed by another Medical Assessor who also expressed the opinion that he was medically unsuitable for disability allowance.

The Department has now been requested to submit the relevant documents to the Social Welfare Appeals Office in this case. On receipt of their response, the appeal will be referred to an Appeals Officer for consideration.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.


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