Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (895)

Willie O'Dea


895. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason for the planned move of the social welfare appeals office from its present location; her views on whether this will have implications for the perceived independence of the office, privacy, accessibility and the general deterioration of service; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30608/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Appeals Office is currently located in accommodation which will require to be upgraded. The lease on the property has expired but the tenancy is rolling over on an annual basis. The Commissioners for Public Works are currently in negotiation on a new lease with the landlord. Whilst the Department is reviewing alternative locations, no decisions have been made. Any alternative location will have regard to all requirements of the office, including independence of role, accessibility and privacy.