Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (273)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

276 Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Social Protection when a decision on an appeal for carer’s allowance will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34598/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

The person concerned was refused carers allowance on the ground that the care recipient is not so disabled as to require full time care and attention as prescribed in regulations. She was notified of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review or appeal. Additional medical evidence was received and forwarded to the Department's medical assessor for further consideration. However, this information did not alter the opinion of the medical assessor and the decision of the deciding officer remained unchanged.

The person concerned appealed this decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office and submitted further medical evidence in support of the appeal. An appeals officer, having fully considered all the evidence, disallowed the appeal. The decision of an appeals officer is final and may only be reviewed in the light of new evidence or new facts not already presented at the time of appeal.