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Social Welfare Appeals

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 14 September 2011

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Questions (412, 413, 414)

Michael Ring

Question:

418 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Social Protection if there is an active and ongoing appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if so, the status of this appeal. [24156/11]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 27 June 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Social Welfare Services on the grounds of appeal be sought. When received, the appeal in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer for consideration.

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.

Michael Ring

Question:

419 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of an appeal for mortgage interest supplement in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [24157/11]

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The Health Service Executive (HSE) has advised that the appeal by the person concerned against the suspension of mortgage interest supplement is ongoing. On 9 July the HSE appeals office requested further documentation from the person concerned in order to process her appeal. The HSE will be able to make a decision on her appeal when the requested documentation has been received.

Michael Ring

Question:

420 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of an appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [24158/11]

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In the time frame available, I regret that my Department is not in a position to reply to this question. My Department will be in contact with the Deputy over the coming days and will reply in full to the question raised.

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