Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Questions (115)

Sandra McLellan


115. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection to approve and expedite an appeal by a person (details supplied) in County Cork under the carer's allowance scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1235/16]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 6 January 2016. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these papers have been received from the Department, the case in question 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 appeal 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.