Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (339)

Seán Fleming


339. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Social Protection when an appeal for a widow's non-contributory pension will be granted in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9907/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an oral hearing of the appeal of the person concerned took place on 21 February 2013 and the Appeals Officer is now considering the appeal in the light of all the evidence submitted, including that adduced at the hearing. The person concerned will be notified of the Appeals Officer decision when the appeal has been determined.

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.