Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (648)

Éamon Ó Cuív


648. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision will be made on an invalidity pension appeal by a person (details supplied); the reason for the delay with the appeal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27720/19]

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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 gentleman concerned on 05 April 2018. His claim was disallowed on the grounds that the medical conditions for the scheme were not satisfied. He was notified on 26 June 2018 of this decision, the reasons for it and of his right of review or appeal.

He requested a review of this decision and submitted further medical evidence in support of the review. Following a review of all the information available it was decided that there was no change to the original decision. He was notified on 05 December 2018 of the outcome of the review.

The gentleman concerned appealed the decision to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO) and submitted further medical evidence in support of his 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.