Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (571)

John McGuinness


571. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Social Protection if the further medical evidence submitted by a person (details supplied) will be reviewed; if their invalidity pension will be granted; and if not, if an oral hearing will be granted to see at first hand the person's incapacity and to hear their case. [38384/20]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and for no other reason and who satisfy the pay related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions.

The department received a claim for IP for the person concerned on 17 September 2020. The claim was refused on the grounds that the medical conditions for the scheme were not satisfied. She was notified on 14 October 2020 of this decision, the reasons for it and of her right of review and appeal to the independent social welfare appeals office (SWAO).

The person concerned has indicated that she is requesting a review of the decision and she will be submitting additional supporting documents in the next few weeks. When the documentation is submitted a review of the decision to disallow IP will be processed as quickly as possible and she will be notified directly of the outcome. If the decision to disallow is confirmed, her claim will be submitted to the SWAO for determination.

The SWAO has advised that an appeal by the lady concerned was registered in that office on 12 November 2020. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. On receipt of these papers, the case in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer. The Appeals Officer dealing with this case will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required and if Covid-19 restrictions allow, hold an oral hearing

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.