Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Questions (395)

Gerard Murphy

Question:

455 Mr. G. Murphy asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs when the appeals officer will examine the old age non-contributory pension application for a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [11214/07]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

The person concerned appealed against the decision to award her a reduced rate of State Pension (Non Contributory). In accordance with the statutory requirements, the relevant departmental papers and comments of my Department were sought. These have now been provided and I am informed that the case has been referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing. The person will be informed as soon as the arrangements for the hearing are in place.

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.