Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (306)

Pat Breen

Question:

310 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of an invalidity pension appeal for a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34870/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the Invalidity Pension claim of the person concerned was disallowed following an assessment by a Medical Assessor who expressed the opinion that she was medically unsuitable for the allowance. An appeal was registered on 28 March 2012 and in accordance with the statutory procedures the relevant department papers and the comments of the Deciding Officer on the matter raised in the appeal have been sought. In that context, an assessment by another Medical Assessor will be carried out.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social and Family Affairs and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

Question No. 311 withdrawn.