Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (546)

James Browne

Question:

546. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the position regarding a person (details supplied) and the refusal of an application for invalidity pension with particular reference to the person’s debilitating autoimmune disorder which renders her unable to work; if the case and the need to regularise social welfare payments will be examined; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52021/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the pay related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions.

The department received a claim for IP for the lady concerned on 15 December 2010.  Her claim was disallowed on the grounds that the medical conditions for the scheme were not satisfied.  She was notified on the 27 October 2011 of this decision, the reasons for it and of her right of review and appeal. She did not seek an appeal of the disallowance decision.  It is open to her to submit a new application for IP to the Department.

Illness Benefit (IB) is a payment made to insured people who are unable to work due to illness and who satisfy certain PRSI contribution conditions. The lady in question is in receipt of continuous duration IB. 

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.