Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Questions (113, 114, 115)

Niall Collins

Question:

113 Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [4240/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

An application for domiciliary care allowance was received on 20th June 2011. This application was referred to one of the Department's Medical Assessors who found that the child was not medically eligible for the allowance. A letter issued on 19th September 2011 advising of the decision. In the case of an application which is refused on medical grounds, the applicant may submit additional information and/or ask for the case to be reviewed or they may appeal the decision directly to the Social Welfare Appeals Office within twenty one days. As yet, an appeal has not been registered in this case.

Michelle Mulherin

Question:

114 Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an appeal against the refusal of jobseeker’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [4261/12]

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The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 3rd January 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 5th January 2012 and the appeal will, in due course, be assigned 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.

Sandra McLellan

Question:

115 Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will expedite an appeal in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4262/12]

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The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 19th December 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 in due course 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.