Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (254)

Dan Neville

Question:

260 Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a domiciliary care application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [34453/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

An application for domiciliary care allowance in respect of the person concerned was received on the 30th June 2011. The application was referred to one of the Department's Medical Assessors, who, having examined all the information supplied, found that the child was not medically eligible for the allowance. A letter issued on 15 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 by another medical assessor. Alternatively, they may appeal the decision directly to the Social Welfare Appeals Office within twenty one days.

The person concerned requested a review of the decision and the case was forwarded to another of the Department's Medical Assessors for further consideration. This Medical Assessor also found that the child was not medically eligible for the allowance. A letter issued on 6 December 2011 advising of the decision and of the right to appeal within 21 days.

The person concerned did not lodge an appeal against this decision and the decision/appeal process for this application is now complete. If she has additional information which was not available when the decision was made, it is open to her to re-apply.