Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (329)

John McGuinness

Question:

329. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Social Protection if domiciliary care allowance will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; if the appeal will be expedited; and if an oral hearing will be arranged. [5164/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

An application for domiciliary care allowance was received from the person concerned on the 8th November 2013. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors whose opinion was that the child was not medically eligible for the allowance. A letter issued on the 5th December 2013 advising of the decision to disallow the application.

The person concerned subsequently lodged an appeal against this decision. As part of the appeal process, the case has been forwarded to another of the Department’s Medical Assessors for further consideration, including a review of any new information supplied. Upon receipt of the Medical Assessor’s opinion, the case will be further examined and if necessary forwarded for consideration by the Appeals Office. An oral hearing will be arranged by the Appeals Office if it is considered necessary.