Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (403)

Emmet Stagg

Question:

403. Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason for the delay in awarding disability allowance to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare. [21502/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that a disability allowance appeal from the person concerned was registered in that office on 9 April 2014. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought from the Department of Social Protection. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 24 April 2014 and the case will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on 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.