Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (136)

Bernard Durkan


136. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the progress made in respect of determination of an appeal in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26359/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Payment of illness benefit, to the person concerned, was disallowed by a Deciding Officer following an examination by a Medical Assessor of the Department who expressed the opinion that he was capable of work. An appeal was registered on 8 May 2013 and the Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that, in accordance with statutory requirements, the Department was asked for the documentation in the case and the Deciding Officer’s comments on the grounds of the appeal. In that context, an examination by another Medical Assessor will be carried out. The person concerned will be notified when arrangements for the examination have been put in place.

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.