Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (328)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

328. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Social Protection if an oral hearing will be provided on a carer's allowance appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5160/14]

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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 referred to an Appeals Officer on 9 January 2014, who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing. The Appeals Officer has been notified of your request for 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 in relation to social welfare entitlements.