Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (495)

Darren O'Rourke

Question:

495. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of social welfare appeals that were lodged in 2019 and 2020, by type of appeal per scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6671/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.

All claim decisions taken by the Department’s Deciding Officers and Designated Persons are appealable to the Chief Appeals Officer. In any year about 85% of all claims are awarded by the Department and just 1% are appealed.

The attached table sets out the number of appeals that were registered in 2019 and 2020 by scheme.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Appeals received 2019 to 2020

2019

2020

PENSIONS

State Pension (Non-Contributory)

386

350

State Pension (Contributory)

457

345

State Pension (Transition)

-

-

Widow’s, Widower’s Pension (Contributory)

38

46

Death Benefit

1

2

Bereavement Grant

1

-

TOTAL PENSIONS

883

743

WORKING AGE INCOME & EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS

Jobseeker's Allowance - Payments

1,445

1,250

Jobseeker’s Transitional

75

83

Jobseeker’ Benefit -Self Employed

3

75

Jobseeker's Allowance - Means

1,188

1,256

Pandemic Unemployment Payment

-

275

One Parent Family Payment

302

272

Widow’s, Widower’s Pension (Non-Contributory)

17

9

Deserted Wife's Allowance

-

1

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

888

1,052

Farm Assist

111

76

Pre-Retirement Allowance

-

-

Jobseeker's Benefit

671

759

Deserted Wife's Benefit

6

7

Maternity Benefit

38

74

Paternity Benefit

8

32

Parent's Benefit

-

3

Adoptive Benefit

-

-

Homemaker’s

-

-

Treatment Benefits

2

5

Partial Capacity Benefit

131

72

TOTAL WORKING AGE - INCOME & EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS

4,885

5,301

ILLNESS, DISABILITY AND CARERS

Disability Allowance

6,242

6,661

Blind Pension

15

9

Carer's Allowance

3,006

3,630

Domiciliary Care Allowance

1,656

1,690

Carer’s Support Grant

165

201

Illness Benefit

916

984

Injury Benefit

53

83

Invalidity Pension

1,874

2,206

Disablement Benefit

278

169

Incapacity Supplement

1

5

Medical Care

7

6

Carer's Benefit

244

331

TOTAL - ILLNESS, DISABILITY AND CARERS

14,457

15,975

2019

2020

PENSIONS

State Pension (Non-Contributory)

386

350

State Pension (Contributory)

457

345

State Pension (Transition)

-

-

Widow’s, Widower’s Pension (Contributory)

38

46

Death Benefit

1

2

Bereavement Grant

1

-

TOTAL PENSIONS

883

743

WORKING AGE INCOME & EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS

Jobseeker's Allowance - Payments

1,445

1,250

Jobseeker’s Transitional

75

83

Jobseeker’ Benefit -Self Employed

3

75

Jobseeker's Allowance - Means

1,188

1,256

Pandemic Unemployment Payment

-

275

One Parent Family Payment

302

272

Widow’s, Widower’s Pension (Non-Contributory)

17

9

Deserted Wife's Allowance

-

1

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

888

1,052

Farm Assist

111

76

Pre-Retirement Allowance

-

-

Jobseeker's Benefit

671

759

Deserted Wife's Benefit

6

7

Maternity Benefit

38

74

Paternity Benefit

8

32

Parent's Benefit

-

3

Adoptive Benefit

-

-

Homemaker’s

-

-

Treatment Benefits

2

5

Partial Capacity Benefit

131

72

TOTAL WORKING AGE - INCOME & EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS

4,885

5,301

ILLNESS, DISABILITY AND CARERS

Disability Allowance

6,242

6,661

Blind Pension

15

9

Carer's Allowance

3,006

3,630

Domiciliary Care Allowance

1,656

1,690

Carer’s Support Grant

165

201

Illness Benefit

916

984

Injury Benefit

53

83

Invalidity Pension

1,874

2,206

Disablement Benefit

278

169

Incapacity Supplement

1

5

Medical Care

7

6

Carer's Benefit

244

331

TOTAL - ILLNESS, DISABILITY AND CARERS

14,457

15,975