Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Questions (128)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

128. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will confirm that an appeal has been lodged in respect of the decision of her Department to refuse an invalidity pension application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan; the current status of that appeal. [51073/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that there is no record of an Invalidity Pension appeal by the person concerned having been received by that office. I understand from the Social Welfare Appeals Office that a Disability Allowance appeal was registered in respect of the person concerned in that office on 17 July 2013. However, this appeal was closed on 16 August 2013; it was withdrawn as a result of a favourable decision being made for the person concerned by Disability Allowance Section. 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.