Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1420)

Darragh O'Brien

Question:

1420. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an appeal for family income supplement by a person (details supplied) which was lodged in early February 2019; when a decision will be made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18954/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 21 February 2019. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 14 March 2019 and the case will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing.

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.