Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Questions (300)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

300. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a disability allowance suspension in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52069/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

A review of this gentleman's disability allowance (DA) was carried out and it was established by a social welfare inspector (SWI) that the person concerned had means not previously disclosed to this department. DA is a means tested scheme and the way means are assessed is laid down in social welfare legislation. The person concerned was notified on 8 July 2019 that his DA was suspended pending an investigation.

On 9 December 2019 the deciding officer (DO) wrote to the person concerned stating the contentions for termination of their DA and requesting a response to them, along with requesting further supporting information required by the DO in order to review his eligibility for DA.

On receipt of this information a decision will be made on this gentleman's review and he will be notified directly in writing.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.