Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (273)

Michael Healy-Rae


273. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an oral hearing for jobseeker's appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14954/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an oral hearing of the appeal of the person concerned took place on 11 February 2014 and that the Appeals Officer is now considering the appeal in the light of all the evidence submitted, including that adduced at the oral hearing. The person concerned will be notified of the Appeals Officer's decision within the next two weeks. 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.