Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1061)

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

1061. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a decision will be reviewed regarding a carer's allowance for a person (details supplied). [44751/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all of the available evidence, decided to disallow the appeal of the person concerned by way of a summary decision on 21 March 2019. Under social welfare legislation the decision of an Appeals Officer is final and conclusive and may only be reviewed by an Appeals Officer in the light of new evidence or new facts, or where there has been a change of circumstances which has come to notice since the date of the Appeals Officer's original decision.

I am advised that, on foot of the Deputy's representations, this appeal file has now been recalled by the Appeals Office from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection for review. On receipt of same, this file together with the Deputy's representations will be brought to the attention of the Appeals Officer dealing with this case. The person concerned will be advised of the outcome of the review as soon as possible.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.