Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1263)

John Brassil

Question:

1263. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of social welfare appeals that were lodged in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019 by type of appeal per scheme; the percentage of appeals that were allowed for each scheme for each of the years in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13221/19]

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The following tables provide details of all appeals registered by scheme and the outcome of all appeals finalised for the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019.

Appeals which had a favourable outcome for the appellant consist of appeals which were either allowed in full or in part by an Appeals Officer or which were resolved by way of a revised decision in favour of the appellant by a Deciding Officer / Designated Person.

There are a number of reasons why a decision which was refused at first instance might be successful on appeal and it is not necessarily the case that the first decision was incorrect.  It is often the case that new evidence is provided with an appeal and that, as a result, the original decision may be revised by the Deciding Officer or Designated Person.  This was the case in 37.6% of such successful outcomes in 2017, 31.5% of such outcomes in 2018 and 30.3% of such outcomes to the end of February 2019.

Where the decision was not revised by the Department in light of the appeal contentions, further evidence is often provided by the appellant as the appeal process proceeds and in addition, the Appeals Officer may gain insights when they meet the appellant in person at oral hearing which may influence the outcome of the appeal.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Appeals Received 2017–2019

 

2017

2018

2019

(to 28/2/2019)

State Pension (Non-Contributory)

370

347

62

State Pension (Contributory)

408

309

52

State Pension (Transition)

3

Nil

Nil

Widow’s, Widower’s Pension (Contributory)

45

38

1

Death Benefit

Nil

1

Nil

Bereavement Grant

1

1

Nil

Jobseeker's Allowance - Payments

1,676

1,570

254

Jobseeker’s Transitional

41

70

8

Jobseeker's Allowance - Means

1,504

1,380

202

One-Parent Family Payment

244

273

54

Widow / Widower’s Pension (Non-Contributory)

23

18

1

Deserted Wife's Allowance

1

1

Nil

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

1,302

859

144

Farm Assist

130

84

18

Pre-Retirement Allowance

2

Nil

Nil

Jobseeker's Benefit

545

610

109

Deserted Wife's Benefit

7

8

1

Maternity Benefit

84

40

4

Paternity Benefit

16

14

1

Adoptive Benefit

2

1

Nil

Treatment Benefits

1

2

Nil

Partial Capacity Benefit

38

75

26

Disability Allowance

5,077

5,200

1,040

Blind Pension

19

12

1

Carer's Allowance

3,200

2,902

639

Domiciliary Care Allowance

1,199

1,432

258

Carer’s Support Grant

164

126

23

Illness Benefit

443

581

199

Injury Benefit

51

44

7

Invalidity Pension

1,381

1,387

355

Disablement Benefit

347

330

73

Incapacity Supplement

7

7

Nil

Medical Care

2

2

Nil

Carer's Benefit

110

162

40

Child Benefit

473

485

105

Working Family Payment*

477

290

219

Back To Work Family Dividend

43

43

6

Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory)

16

8

2

Guardian's Payment (Contributory)

34

22

1

Widowed Parent Grant

6

1

1

Insurability Of Employment

132

86

6

Liable Relative

9

4

1

Recoverable Benefits & Assistance

25

29

1

TOTAL – ALL APPEALS

19,658

18,854

3,914

* Previously called Family Income Supplement

Outcome of Appeals by Category 2017

 

Allowed

By Appeals Officers

Partially Allowed By Appeals Officers

Revised DO/DP Decision

Disallowed By

Appeals Officers

Withdrawn

Total

State Pension (Non-Contributory)

75

21.9%

34

9.9%

78

22.7%

128

37.3%

28

8.2%

343

State Pension (Contributory)

35

9.9%

12

3.4%

76

21.5%

218

61.6%

13

3.7%

354

State Pension (Transition)

1

33.3%

Nil

 

Nil

2

66.7%

Nil

 

 3

Widow’s / Widower’s Pension (Contributory)

8

25.8%

Nil

 

7

22.6%

15

48.4%

1

3.2%

31

Death Benefit

Nil

Nil

 

Nil

1

100.0%

Nil

     

1

Bereavement Grant

1

100.0%

Nil

 

Nil

Nil

 

Nil

1

Jobseeker’s Allowance - Payments

349

22.2%

66

4.2%

309

19.6%

665

42.3%

184

11.7%

1,573

Jobseeker’s Transitional

10

27.0%

4

10.8%

10

27.0%

6

16.2%

7

18.9%

37

Jobseeker’s Allowance - Means

187

12.9%

82

5.6%

264

18.2%

708

48.7%

212

14.6%

1,453

One-Parent Family Payment

67

26.1%

19

7.4%

54

21.0%

67

26.1%

50

19.5%

257

Widow’s / Widower’s Pension (Non-Contributory)

7

30.4%

4

17.4%

3

13.0%

9

39.1%

Nil

23

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

304

22.5%

34

2.5%

229

17.0%

602

44.6%

180

13.3%

1,349

Farm Assist

22

15.5%

18

12.7%

28

19.7%

60

42.3%

14

9.9%

142

Pre-Retirement Allowance

Nil

Nil

1

100.0%

Nil

 

Nil

1

Jobseeker’s Benefit

83

17.3%

21

4.4%

117

24.4%

206

43.0%

52

10.9%

  479

Deserted Wife’s Benefit

2

40.0%

1

20.0%

Nil

 

2

40.0%

Nil

 

5

Maternity Benefit

10

14.1%

3

4.2%

8

11.3%

49

69.0%

1

1.4%

71

Paternity Benefit

1

12.5%

Nil     

3

37.5%

3

37.5%

1

12.5%

8

Adoptive Benefit

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

100.0%

Nil

2

Treatment Benefits

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

100.0%

Nil

1

Partial Capacity Benefit

15

33.3%

1

2.2%

11

24.4%

14

31.1%

4

8.9%

45

Disability Allowance

2,975

60.3%

70

1.4%

563

11.4%

1,211

24.5%

115

2.3%

4,934

Blind Pension

1

6.7%

1

6.7%

3

20.0%

7

46.7%

3

20.0%

15

Carer’s Allowance

1,204

35.2%

161

4.7%

780

22.8%

1,199

35.1%

72

2.1%

3,416

Domiciliary Care Allowance

297

37.1%

10

1.2%

343

42.8%

135

16.9%

16

2.0%

801

Carer’s Support Grant

35

22.6%

2

1.3%

45

29.0%

72

46.5%

1

0.6%

155

Illness Benefit

118

23.0%

8

1.6%

140

27.2%

189

36.8%

59

11.5%

514

Injury Benefit

3

7.9%

Nil

 

2

5.3%

27

71.1%

6

15.8%

38

Invalidity Pension

365

27.1%

7

0.5%

691

51.3%

262

19.4%

23

1.7%

1,348

Disablement Benefit

86

34.4%

19

7.6%

30

12.0%

109

43.6%

6

2.4%

250

Incapacity Supplement

3

30.0%

1

10.0%

3

30.0%

3

30.0%

Nil

 

10

Medical Care

Nil

 

Nil

 

1

50.0%

1

50.0%

Nil

 

2

Carer’s Benefit

23

22.1%

2

1.9%

39

37.5%

37

35.6%

3

2.9%

104

Child Benefit

 68

15.5%

23

5.3%

154

35.2%

178

40.6%

15

3.4%

438

Family Income Supplement

76

15.1%

15

3.0%

267

53.1%

130

25.8%

15

3.0%

503

Back To Work Family Dividend

7

17.1%

Nil

 

4

9.8%

25

61.0%

5

12.2%

41

Guardian’s Payment   (Non-Contributory)

5

33.3%

1

6.7%

2

13.3%

7

46.7%

Nil

15

Guardian’s Payment   (Contributory)

13

39.4%

2

6.1%

4

12.1%

14

42.4%

Nil

 

33

Widowed Parent Grant

Nil     

Nil

     

Nil

2

100.0%

Nil     

2

Insurability

34

24.5%

4

2.9%

11

7.9%

37

26.6%

53

38.1%

139

Liable Relatives

Nil

     

4

23.5%

Nil

 

11

64.7%

2

11.8%

17

Recoverable Benefits & Assistance

3

11.5%

Nil

3

11.5%

20

76.9%

Nil

 

26

TOTAL  APPEALS

6,493

34.2%

629

3.3%

4,283

22.6%

6,434

33.9%

1,141

6.0%

18,980

 

Outcome of Appeals by Category 2018

 

Allowed By Appeals Officers

Partially Allowed By Appeals Officers

Revised DO/DP Decision

Disallowed By Appeals Officers

Withdrawn

Total

State Pension (Non-Contributory)

85

23.4%

29

8.0%

70

19.3%

144

39.7%

35

9.6%

363

State Pension (Contributory)

35

9.5%

9

2.5%

64

17.4%

244

66.5%

15

4.1%

367

Widow’s / Widower’s Pension (Contributory)

18

45.0%

Nil

2

5.0%

14

35.0%

6

15.0%

40

Death Benefit

Nil

Nil

 

Nil

1

100.0%

Nil

1

Bereavement Grant

Nil

Nil     

 

Nil

1

100.0%   

Nil

1

Jobseeker’s Allowance -   Payments

280

18.0%

99

6.4%

251

16.1%

785

50.4%

141

9.1%

1,556

Jobseeker’s Transitional

9

19.1%

5

10.6%

9

19.1%

18

38.3%

6

12.8%

47

Jobseeker’s Allowance - Means

150

10.4%

83

5.8%

194

13.5%

836

58.1%

176

12.2%

1,439

One-Parent Family Payment

47

20.4%

13

5.7%

46

20.0%

83

36.1%

41

17.8%

230

Widow’s/Widower’s Pension   (Non-Contributory)

4

23.5%

2

11.8%

Nil

10

58.8%

1

5.9%

17

Deserted Wife’s Allowance

1

100.0%

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Supplementary Welfare   Allowance

258

24.6%

29

2.8%

179

17.1%

467

44.6%

114

10.9%

1,047

Farm Assist

14

11.7%

11

 9.2%

18

15.0%

 62

51.7%

15

12.5%

120

Pre-Retirement Allowance

1

50.0%

1

50.0%

Nil 

Nil

Nil

2

Jobseeker’s Benefit

109

18.3%

33

5.5%

129

21.6%

270

45.3%

55

9.2%

596

Deserted Wife’s Benefit

3

50.0%

Nil

 

Nil

 

3

50.0%

Nil

 

6

Maternity Benefit

6

11.1%

Nil

 

13

24.1%

34

63.0%

1

1.9%

54

Paternity Benefit

1

6.3%

1     

6.3%

Nil

 

14

87.5%

Nil

16

Treatment Benefits

Nil     

Nil     

Nil

Nil

2

100.0%

2

Partial Capacity Benefit

16

50.0%

Nil

2

6.3%

13

40.6%

1

3.1%

32

Disability Allowance

3,112

62.2%

99

2.0%

462

9.2%

1,256

25.1%

77

1.5%

5,006

Blind Pension

2

14.3%

2

14.3%

3

21.4%

6

42.9%

1

7.1%

14

Carer’s Allowance

1,047

38.6%

144

5.3%

440

16.2%

989

36.5%

90

3.3%

2,710

Domiciliary Care Allowance

686

43.6%

13

0.8%

590

37.5%

258

16.4%

25

1.6%

1,572

Carer’s Support Grant

28

20.0%

5

3.6%

35

25.0%

68

48.6%

4

2.9%

140

Illness Benefit

111

22.4%

11

2.2%

164

33.1%

182

36.8%

27

5.5%

495

Injury Benefit

10

21.3%

Nil

6

12.8%

29

61.7%

2

4.3%

47

Invalidity Pension

458

41.9%

8

0.7%

322

29.4%

273

25.0%

33

3.0%

1,094

Disablement Benefit

116

35.3%

18

5.5%

32

9.7%

158

48.0%

5

1.5%

329

Incapacity Supplement

4

80.0%

Nil

Nil

1

20.0%

Nil

5

Medical Care

Nil     

Nil     

 

Nil

 

1

100.0%

Nil

 

1

Carer’s Benefit

32

23.4%

4

2.9%

52

38.0%

46

33.6%

3

2.2%

137

Child Benefit

62

14.6%

18

4.2%

146

34.3%

179

42.0%

21

4.9%

426

Working Family Payment*

59

15.3%

18

4.7%

173

44.8%

116

30.1%

20

5.2%

386

Back To Work Family Dividend

4

8.5%

Nil

 

12

25.5%

26

55.3%

5

10.6%

47

Guardian’s Payment   (Non-Contributory)

1

11.1%

1

11.1%

2

22.2%

5

55.6%

Nil

     

9

Guardian’s Payment (Contributory)

7

29.2%

1

4.2%

2

8.3%

14

58.3%

Nil

24

Widowed Parent Grant

Nil

Nil

 

1

20.0%

4

80.0%

Nil

5

Insurability

25

26.3%

3

3.2%

3

3.2%

51

53.7%

13

13.7%

95

Liable Relatives

Nil

 

Nil

1

20.0%

2

40.0%

2

40.0%

5

Recoverable Benefits &   Assistance

1

4.3%

2

8.7%

2

8.7%

18

78.3%

Nil

23

TOTAL  APPEALS

6,802

36.8%

662

3.6%

3,425

18.5%

6,681

36.1%

937

5.1%

18,507

 

* Previously known as Family Income Supplement

Outcome of Appeals by Category 2019 (to 28 February 2019)

 

Allowed By Appeals Officers

Partially Allowed By Appeals Officers

Revised DO/DP Decision

Disallowed By

Appeals Officers

Withdrawn

Total

State Pension (Non-Contributory)

18

27.3%

5

7.6%

10

15.2%

27

40.9%

6

9.1%

66

State Pension (Contributory)

9

14.1%

5

7.8%

15

23.4%

32

50.0%

3

4.7%

64

Widows / Widowers’ Pension (Contributory)

1

16.7%

Nil

1

16.7%

4

66.7%

Nil

6

Bereavement Grant

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

100.0%

Nil

1

Jobseeker’s Allowance -   Payments

55

18.0%

16

5.2%

33

10.8%

185

60.5%

17

5.6%

306

Jobseeker’s Transitional

3

14.3%

1

4.8%

1

4.8%

15

71.4%

1

4.8%

21

Jobseeker’s Allowance - Means

32

12.5%

8

3.1%

15

5.8%

174

67.7%

28

10.9%

257

One-Parent Family Payment

14

28.6%

3

6.1%

4

8.2%

25

51.0%

3

6.1%

49

Widows / Widowers’ Pension (Non-Contributory)

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

100.0%

Nil

1

Deserted Wife’s Allowance

1

100.0%

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Supplementary Welfare   Allowance

26

20.5%

5

3.9%

11

8.7%

77

60.6%

8

6.3%

127

Farm Assist

3

21.4%

4

28.6%

2

14.3%

5

35.7%

Nil

14

Jobseeker’s Benefit

18

21.7%

4

4.8%

11

13.3%

45

54.2%

5

6.0%

83

Deserted Wife’s Benefit

2

100.0%

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

Maternity Benefit

3

27.3%

Nil

1

9.1%

7

63.6%

Nil

11

Paternity Benefit

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

100.0%

Nil

2

Partial Capacity Benefit

3

33.3%

Nil

Nil

4

44.4%

2

22.2%

9

Disability Allowance

673

58.7%

16

1.4%

101

8.8%

337

29.4%

19

1.7%

1,146

Blind Pension

Nil

Nil

1

33.3%

2

66.7%

Nil

3

Carer’s Allowance

125

28.2%

30

6.8%

79

17.8%

183

41.3%

26

5.9%

443

Domiciliary Care Allowance

146

48.5%

2

0.7%

89

29.6%

59

19.6%

5

1.7%

301

Carer’s Support Grant

3

13.6%

3

13.6%

1

4.5%

14

63.6%

1

4.5%

22

Illness Benefit

19

13.0%

2

1.4%

89

61.0%

33

22.6%

3

2.1%

146

Injury Benefit

1

10.0%

Nil

4

40.0%

5

50.0%

Nil

10

Invalidity Pension

102

41.3%

6

2.4%

83

33.6%

51

20.6%

5

2.0%

247

Disablement Benefit

21

36.2%

5

8.6%

3

5.2%

29

50.0%

Nil

58

Incapacity Supplement

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

100.0%

Nil

1

Carer’s Benefit

13

40.6%

Nil

6

18.8%

9

28.1%

4

12.5%

32

Child Benefit

16

15.1%

4

3.8%

23

21.7%

59

55.7%

4

3.8%

106

Working Family Payment*

8

10.7%

3

4.0%

43

57.3%

19

25.3%

2

2.7%

75

Back To Work Family Dividend

1

14.3%

Nil

Nil

5

71.4%

1

14.3%

7

Guardian’s Payment (Non-Contributory)

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

100.0%

Nil

1

Guardian’s Payment   (Contributory)

Nil

Nil

1

25.0%

2

50.0%

1

25.0%

4

Insurability

6

27.3%

Nil

1

4.5%

11

50.0%

4

18.2%

22

Liable Relatives

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

50.0%

1

50.0%

2

Recoverable Benefits &   Assistance

Nil

1

10.0%

Nil

9

90.0%

Nil

10

TOTAL APPEALS

1,322

36.2%

123

3.4%

628

17.2%

1,434

39.2%

149

4.1%

3,656

 

* Previously known as Family Income Supplement