The person concerned was in receipt of widows non-contributory pension at the reduced weekly rate of £69.50. Following a review of her entitlement, her means, derived from a British retirement pension and income from the letting of a holding, were found to have increased. Her basic rate of payment was reduced accordingly to £57.50 per week. In addition to her basic rate of pension, the person concerned is also in receipt of a living alone allowance of £6.00 per week and a fuel allowance of £5 per week.
The person's appeal against this decision to the social welfare appeals office was considered by an appeals officer who requested that further inquiries be made in the matter. These have now been completed. Following examination of all the evidence, the appeals officer has decided that the means have been properly and accurately assessed in accordance with legislation and has disallowed the appeal. The person concerned has been notified of the outcome. Under social welfare legislation decisions in relation to claims must be made by deciding officers and appeals officers. These officers are statutorily appointed and I have no role in regard to making such decisions.