Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1318)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

1318. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the position with regard to an application for disability allowance and or disability benefit in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13862/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The person concerned submitted an application for disability allowance (DA) on 24 January 2019. Their application, based upon all the evidence submitted, was disallowed on medical grounds as it was decided that they were not substantially restricted in taking up employment.

The person concerned was notified in writing of this decision on 20 March 2019 and was also notified of their right to request a review of this decision or to appeal it to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO).

The Department administers the illness benefit (IB) scheme to those customers who cannot work because they are sick or ill provided they are covered by the appropriate class of social insurance (PRSI) and satisfy the PRSI conditions.

The Department has not received a recent application for IB from the person concerned. If the person concerned wishes to claim IB she should visit her local GP to receive a medical certificate (Med 1) and an application form (IB1) and submit these to the Department.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.