Thursday, 5 July 2012

Questions (85, 86)

Jack Wall

Question:

85 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare in regard to a jobseeker’s allowance appeal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32816/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office a decision will issue to the person concerned within the next 7-10 days.

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.

Jobseeker's Allowance

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

86 Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a jobseeker’s benefit appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; when a decision will be made on the case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32826/12]

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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 23 February 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 6 March 2012 and the case has been referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing.

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.