Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (256)

Ciaran Lynch


256. Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an appeal for jobseeker's allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14716/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The person concerned was refused jobseeker's allowance by a Deciding Officer of the Department on the grounds that he was not genuinely seeking full-time employment. The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned together with the relevant Departmental papers were received by that office on 11 March 2014 and that the case will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold 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.