Thursday, 17 April 2014

Questions (138)

Dara Murphy

Question:

138. Deputy Dara Murphy asked the Minister for Social Protection when a decision on an invalidity pension appeal will be made in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18490/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the person concerned was assessed by a Medical Assessor of the Department of Social Protection who was of the opinion that he was capable of work. He appealed this decision and in that context the appeal was assessed by another Medical Assessor who also expressed the opinion that he was capable of work.

In the light of this second medical opinion, the person concerned was requested to set out the complete and up to date grounds of his appeal and to furnish any further medical evidence that he wished to submit in support of his appeal to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. This information has now been submitted and, in accordance with the statutory procedures, the Department has been asked to provide the documentation in the case and the Deciding Officer’s comments on the grounds of the appeal. When these are received from the Department, the appeal will be forwarded to an Appeals Officer for consideration.

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.