Thursday, 12 January 2012

Questions (141, 142)

Simon Harris

Question:

138 Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of applications for disability allowance for each of the years 2007 to 2011; if these figures will be broken down to indicate the total number of successful applications; the number of applications that were successful at first instance; the total number of appeals made; the number of applications that were successful on appeal in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1656/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

The statistics requested are in the tabular statement hereunder. The number of disability allowance applications that were successful at the first instance is not available.

Disability Allowance Applications/Appeals 2007-2011

Number received

Number Awarded

No. of Appeals Received

No. of Appeals Allowed

No. of Appeals Partially Allowed

2007

19,989

11,684

2,938

536

35

2008

21,358

13,176

3,522

658

27

2009

20,794

10,179

4,696

719

43

2010

21,409

8,306

4,840

935

44

2011

24,264

9,246

5,472

1,699

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Simon Harris

Question:

139 Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Social Protection the total number of applications for domiciliary care allowance for each of the years 2007 to 2011, and if these figures will be broken down to indicate the total number of successful applications; the number of applications which were successful at first instance; the total number of appeals made; the number of applications which were successful on appeal in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1657/12]

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The Department has been accepting new claims for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) since 1 April 2009. Statistics relating to the allowance for the period prior to April 2009 are a matter for the HSE, the previous administrators of the scheme.

The number of applicants for DCA that were received, awarded and refused in each year from April 2009 to date is set out in table 1 below while details in relation to appeals are set out in table 2.

Table 1 — Domiciliary Care Allowance applications — April 2009 to date

Applications received

Applications fully processed in year

Applications allowed incl. on review*

Applications refused

2009 (from 1st April)

3,389

2,823

1,220

1,603

2010

5,457

5,333

2,576

2,757

2011

5,525

5,396

2,502

2,894

*Includes cases initially disallowed but allowed on review following receipt of additional information.

Table 2 — Domiciliary Care Allowance Appeals — April 2009 to date

Appeals registered

Appeals withdrawn (allowed on medical review)

Medical reviews outstanding on appeal

Appeals allowed

Appeals disallowed

Appeals outstanding

2009

836

189

0

293

353

1

2010

1,858

518

0

528

728

84

2011

2,270

424

293

220

421

912