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Written Answers - Invalidity Pension

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 315.  Deputy Willie Penrose Information on Willie Penrose Zoom on Willie Penrose  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  when an appeal hearing in relation to a refusal of an application for invalidity pension will be held in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath and if same can now be expedited; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24303/12]

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 14 April 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. When received, 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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