Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1494)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

1494. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the eligibility for disability allowance and or invalidity pension in the case of a person (details supplied); when payment can be restored in this case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19741/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Based on the evidence supplied in support of this person’s application, his application for disability allowance (DA) was disallowed on the grounds that the medical qualifying condition was not satisfied. The person in question was notified in writing of this decision on 8 January 2019.

They have requested a review of the decision by a deciding officer (DO) and submitted additional medical evidence for consideration on 6 February 2019, on 18 February 2019 and on 26 March 2019.

When a decision is made on this review the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

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.

A person is regarded as being permanently incapable of work if;

For the period of 1 year immediately before the date of application the person had been continuously incapable of work and a Deciding Officer or an Appeals Officer is satisfied that the person is likely to continue to be incapable of work for at least another year,

OR

A Deciding Officer or an Appeals Officer is satisfied that the likelihood is that the person will be incapable of work for life.

The PRSI contribution conditions for IP are that a person must have at least 260 (5 years) paid PRSI contributions since entering social insurance and 48 contributions paid or credited in the last or second last complete contribution year before the relevant date.  Only PRSI classes A, E, H or S contributions are reckonable for IP purposes.

Entitlement to IP can only be determined on receipt of a completed application form. 

There is no record of a current IP application received from the gentleman in question. 

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.