Thursday, 18 April 2013

Questions (147)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

147. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the appropriate level of rent support payable in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18185/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Following a statutory means assessment, supplementary welfare allowance (rent supplement) was awarded to the person concerned at €508.86 per calendar month with effect from January 2013.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 08th April 2013. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 16th April 2013 and the case will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing.

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.