Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Questions (110, 111)

Peter Mathews

Question:

110 Deputy Peter Mathews asked the Minister for Social Protection when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24 will receive notification of an appeal for invalidity pension; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4216/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that it has not received an appeal from the person concerned. 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.

Brendan Griffin

Question:

111 Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Social Protection when an oral hearing appeal on a domiciliary care allowance application will take place in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4221/12]

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The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the appeal from the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing in this case. There has been a very significant increase in the number of appeals received by the Social Welfare Appeals Office since 2007 when the intake was 14,070 to 2010 and 2011 when the intake rose to 32,432 and 31,241 respectively. This has significantly impacted on the processing time for appeals which require oral hearings and, in order to be fair to all appellants, they are dealt with in strict chronological order.While every effort is being made to deal with the large numbers awaiting oral hearing as quickly as possible, it is not possible to give a date when the person's oral hearing will be heard, but s/he will be informed when arrangements have been made.

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.