Thursday, 28 March 2019

Questions (199)

James Lawless

Question:

199. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an invalidity pension appeal by a person (details supplied). [14538/19]

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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 this lady on 23 January 2018. Her claim was disallowed on the grounds that the medical conditions for the scheme were not satisfied. She was notified on 05 July 2018 of this decision, the reasons for it and of her right of review or appeal.

She requested a review of this decision on 24 July and submitted further medical evidence in support of her request. Following a review of all the information available it was decided that there was no change to the original decision. She was notified on 22 October 2018 of the outcome of the review and of her right to appeal the decision.

She requested a review and appeal of this decision and submitted further medical evidence on 11 December 2018 in support of her request. Following a review of all the information available it has been decided that there is no change to the original decision and a submission is being prepared by the Department and will be forwarded to the Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO) for determination. She was notified on 25 March 2019 of the outcome of the review.

The SWAO will be in touch with her directly in relation to the progress of her appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.