Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (419)

Bernard Durkan


419. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the progress to date in respect of an application for invalidity pension in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; when the application is likely to be awarded; if he will outline exactly the stage this application is at and the stages yet to be proceeded with; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8422/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The department received a claim for invalidity pension from the person concerned on 27 September 2011. The medical evidence provided by the claimant in support of his claim was examined by a medical assessor who was of the opinion that the person concerned is not eligible for invalidity pension as he does not satisfy the medical criteria. The claim for invalidity pension was disallowed by a deciding officer. The person in question was notified of this decision and the reason for it on 09 December 2011.

The person concerned subsequently submitted further medical evidence in support of his claim. Following this review the claimant was found medically suitable for invalidity pension.

The case was referred to a social welfare inspector on 29 June 2012 for investigation regarding self-employment. Unfortunately, the file was mislaid however, the investigation has now been completed and the report has been returned to invalidity pension section. In order to decide entitlement my department has been in touch with the person in question explaining the situation and requesting that he complete and submit a duplicate claim form and signed declaration. On receipt of the duplicate signed claim form and declaration a decision claim will be awarded.