Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (167)

Paschal Donohoe

Question:

168 Deputy Paschal Donohoe asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide a detailed reply regarding the status of a disablement benefit in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35661/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all the evidence, including that adduced at the oral hearing, partially allowed the appeal of the person concerned and decided that the assessment of the appellant's loss of faculty of 5% for life should be revised to 10% for life. The person was notified of this outcome by letter dated 25 February 2012. A reply to previous questions, 353 and 358, on 12 June 2012 incorrectly stated the appeal had been disallowed rather than partially allowed, as the person was seeking an assessment of 20%. The Social Welfare Appeals Office wish to apologise for this confusion.

The person has now submitted further medical evidence and the case is being reviewed by the Appeals Officer in the light of this new evidence and he will be notified of the outcome of this review, when completed.

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.