Thursday, 28 March 2019

Questions (202)

Willie Penrose

Question:

202. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when an appeal hearing will be held in respect of a person (details supplied); if same will be expedited; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14628/19]

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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 the lady concerned on 06 September 2018. Her claim was disallowed on the grounds that the medical conditions for the scheme were not satisfied. She was notified on 26 November 2018 of this decision, the reasons for it and of her right of review or appeal.

The lady concerned appealed the decision to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO) and submitted further medical evidence in support of her appeal. Following a review by a deciding officer of this medical evidence in conjunction with all information available to date, it has been decided that there is no change to the original decision. A submission is being prepared by the Department and will be forwarded to the SWAO for determination as soon as possible.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.