Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (289)

Sean Fleming

Question:

292 Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an appeal for an invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34753/12]

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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 10th 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 16th May 2012 and the case will be 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.