Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (219)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

219. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will list in tabular form the number of appeals that have been referred from Student Universal Support Ireland to the Student Grants Appeal Board in 2012/13; the number of claims that have been successfully upheld during that period; the average time for an appeal to be heard by the SGAB; and how often the SGAB meets to deal with appeals deferred from SUSI. [12646/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Student Grant Appeals Board deals with appeals arising from student grant decisions made by 66 grant awarding authorities and not just SUSI.

Appeals are received by the Student Grants Appeal Board on an on-going basis throughout an academic year. Since its establishment, Appeal Board sittings have taken place at intervals varying from 2 to 4 weeks. It is currently sitting at weekly intervals. The average time for the consideration of an appeal varies on this basis. The frequency of sittings is determined by the volume of appeals submitted and the requirement that the Appeals Board makes a determination on the appeal within the 60 day timeframe specified in the Student Support Act 2011.

The statistical data required by the Deputy is contained in the table.

Appeals on foot of SUSI decisions to Student Grant Appeals Board - 2012/13 Academic Year

Number of appeals to the Student Grants Appeals on foot of SUSI decisions

223

At close of business 8 March 2013

Number of appeals considered by the Student Grants Appeals Board to date on foot of S

129

At close of business 5 March 2013

Number of appeals where SUSI decision was overturned

11

At close of business 5 Mar 2013.