Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (131)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

130 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will consider the concerns raised in correspondence (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34106/12]

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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 4 April 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 27th April 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.