Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Questions (367)

Emmet Stagg


367. Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason for the delay in determining an appeal for suspending jobseeker's benefit with particular reference to an appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and when the appeal will be determined. [18589/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 25 March 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 26 March 2013 and the case will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on 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.