Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (150)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

150. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection regarding the decision by the appeals officer in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare in respect of exceptional needs payment-dietary allowance, cognisance was taken of the fact that the person is an old age pensioner caring for their grandchild; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26527/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The person concerned recently applied for a review of a decision by a designated person to refuse an exceptional needs payment. The review officer was aware of the family composition of the person concerned at the time of the review. The person concerned previously appealed to the Social Welfare Appeals Office a decision of a designated person to refuse a diet supplement. The means calculation for the diet supplement was based upon a percentage of the personal rate of income of the applicant. The family composition of the person concerned is not a factor in determining whether an entitlement to a diet supplement exists. The appeal was disallowed.