Thursday, 9 May 2019

Questions (167)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

167. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an invalidity pension application by a person (details supplied). [20251/19]

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

The lady concerned subsequently 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 has been prepared by the department and forwarded to the SWAO for determination.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.