Thursday, 4 July 2019

Questions (446)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

446. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an appeal by a person (details supplied); the timeframe for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29009/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an invalidity pension appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 24 June 2019. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these papers have been received from the Department, the case in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral appeal 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.