The person's application for carer's allowance was disallowed by a deciding officer on the grounds that the relevant persons were not regarded as being in need of full-time care and attention and also that she did not satisfy the statutory condition of providing such care and attention.
Her appeal against that decision in February 2000 to the social welfare appeals office was considered by an appeals officer who, on the basis of the documentary evidence, disallowed the appeal. The person was notified of this decision on 14 March 2000.
Following representations from the Deputy and the submission of new medical evidence, the appeals officer decided to reopen the appeal by way of an oral hearing. The person concerned was duly notified on 6 June. She has since submitted further medical evidence dated June and July. To assist her in presenting her appeal at the oral hearing she also sought, and was sent, a statement outlining the reasons for the initial determination by the appeals officer. The oral hearing will now be arranged as soon as possible.