Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (280)

Pat Deering


280. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Social Protection when a decision on a disability allowance appeal will be made in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow. [11280/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the disability allowance claim of the person concerned was disallowed following an assessment by a Medical Assessor who expressed the opinion that he was medically unsuitable for the allowance. An appeal was registered on 2 January 2013 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.