Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Questions (246)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

246. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of social welfare appeals being determined on a weekly basis; the number of appeals arising each week; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50626/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

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.

In any year about 85% of all claims are awarded by the Department and just 1% are appealed. Nevertheless, the Appeals Office continues to work to ensure that these cases are dealt with as quickly as possible.

In 2019, up to the end of November, 21,130 appeals were registered and 20,017 were finalised. Of those finalised, 14,601 were decided by Appeals Officers, 4,280 were revised decisions made by the Department in favour of the appellant and 1,136 appeals were withdrawn.

The following table sets out the numbers of appeals registered and finalised on a weekly basis in 2019 to the end of November.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Weekly Appeals Statistics 2019

Registererd

Finalised

AO decisions

Revised decisions

Withdrawn

04-Jan-19

182

170

142

20

8

11-Jan-19

369

335

307

23

5

18-Jan-19

552

308

196

97

15

25-Jan-19

496

304

234

61

9

01-Feb-19

565

286

207

63

16

08-Feb-19

409

536

429

77

30

15-Feb-19

395

721

613

81

27

22-Feb-19

489

549

449

89

11

01-Mar-19

461

414

283

120

11

08-Mar-19

556

355

278

66

11

15-Mar-19

477

402

274

115

13

22-Mar-19

244

356

261

76

19

29-Mar-19

316

501

304

139

58

05-Apr-19

338

240

190

45

5

12-Apr-19

645

407

257

124

26

19-Apr-19

290

278

214

56

8

26-Apr-19

303

232

153

69

10

03-May-19

445

223

139

75

9

10-May-19

232

268

154

107

7

17-May-19

195

628

566

51

11

24-May-19

500

406

293

103

10

31-May-19

516

404

329

65

10

07-Jun-19

289

308

225

77

6

14-Jun-19

532

679

445

197

37

21-Jun-19

666

459

347

95

17

28-Jun-19

429

393

204

169

20

05-Jul-19

381

421

329

78

14

12-Jul-19

592

456

367

80

9

19-Jul-19

506

467

286

167

14

26-Jul-19

543

423

279

106

38

02-Aug-19

415

366

276

71

19

09-Aug-19

239

375

242

121

12

16-Aug-19

503

423

299

90

34

23-Aug-19

382

374

283

76

15

30-Aug-19

417

459

358

84

17

06-Sep-19

325

360

272

74

14

13-Sep-19

423

542

477

52

13

20-Sep-19

474

408

265

108

35

27-Sep-19

550

636

304

85

247

04-Oct-19

537

640

484

95

61

11-Oct-19

516

454

331

97

26

18-Oct-19

502

388

253

105

30

25-Oct-19

452

500

360

117

23

01-Nov-19

499

347

275

64

8

08-Nov-19

431

528

361

100

67

15-Nov-19

406

572

445

113

14

22-Nov-19

454

370

309

48

13

29-Nov-19

692

346

253

89

4

Total

21,130

20,017

14,601

4,280

1,136