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Written Answers - Carer’s Allowance

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 307.  Deputy Martin Ferris Information on Martin Ferris Zoom on Martin Ferris  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  when a person (details supplied) will receive a decision on their carer’s allowance application. [24113/12]

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 6 February 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. 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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