Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1858)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

1858. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision will be made on an invalidity pension review claim by a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35972/19]

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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 07 February 2019. Her claim was disallowed on the grounds that the medical conditions for the scheme were not satisfied. She was notified on 24 May 2019 of this decision, the reasons for it and of her right of review or appeal.

The lady concerned requested a review and lodged an appeal of the decision to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO) and submitted further medical evidence in support of her request. Following a review of all the 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.