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Written Answers - Invalidity Pension

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 301.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  if a review will take place of the decision to disallow an application for invalidity pension in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if this representation will be accepted as a late appeal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24048/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton Invalidity pension is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the contribution conditions.

[410]This department received a claim for invalidity pension for the person concerned. The medical evidence provided by the claimant in support of his claim was examined by a medical assessor who was of the opinion that the person concerned is not eligible for invalidity pension as he does not satisfy the medical criteria. The application for invalidity pension was, accordingly, disallowed by a deciding officer. He was notified of this decision and the reason for it.

If the person concerned has any additional or supplementary medical evidence which was not already submitted in support of his claim, he may request a review of the decision by sending the additional information to the invalidity pension section as soon as possible. Any further medical evidence will be evaluated by a medical assessor and a decision on the review will issue to the applicant. The applicant will have the right to appeal this decision if he is not satisfied with the outcome of the review.

If he has no additional medical evidence for submission, he may make an appeal in writing to the Social Welfare Appeals Office as soon as possible, clearly stating the grounds for his appeal and enclosing the original decision notification if at all possible.


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