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Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 291.  Deputy Michael Creed Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  when an appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be dealt with; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23836/12]

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 16 August 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 and the case will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an 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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