Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (448)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

448. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an appeal for a partial capacity benefit in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; when a decision will be made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31654/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Partial capacity benefit was awarded to the person concerned following an assessment by a Medical Assessor of the Department who expressed the opinion that the restriction on her capacity for work should be assessed as moderate.

An appeal was registered on 14th May 2013 and the Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that, in accordance with statutory requirements, the Department has been asked to provide the documentation in the case and the Deciding Officer’s comments on the grounds of the appeal. In that context, an assessment by another Medical Assessor will be carried out.

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 in relation to social welfare entitlements.