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Social Welfare Benefits

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 2 June 2010

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Questions (136, 137, 138, 139)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

145 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for disability allowance and invalidity payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23806/10]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

The application for disability allowance, by the person concerned, was disallowed by a Deciding Officer following an assessment by a Medical Assessor of the Department who expressed the opinion that she was medically unsuitable for disability allowance. An appeal was opened and in the context of that appeal, her case was reviewed by a second Medical Assessor who also expressed the opinion that she was medically unsuitable for disability allowance.

I am informed by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that, in the light of this second medical opinion, that office decided to afford her an opportunity of setting out the complete and up to date grounds of her appeal. For this purpose, a form SWAO1 was issued on 30 November 2009. The person concerned failed to respond and subsequently her appeal could not be progressed.

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.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

146 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare qualifies for any social welfare payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23807/10]

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There is no record of a recent application made by the person concerned for a payment under any of the income support schemes operated by the Department of Social Protection. If the person concerned wishes to pursue an application for any such payment, he should call to his local social welfare office where a member of staff will advise him on his entitlements.

Willie Penrose

Question:

147 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for mortgage supplement under supplementary welfare allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23828/10]

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Due to staff action currently being taken in the HSE, I regret that I am unable to provide the information sought by the Deputy.

Willie Penrose

Question:

148 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason rent supplement under supplementary welfare allowance has ceased in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23831/10]

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Due to staff action currently being taken in the HSE, I regret that I am unable to provide the information sought by the Deputy.

Question No. 149 answered with Question No. 57.
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