Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (482)

Bernard Durkan


482. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) can qualify for a disability allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8184/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

I confirm that my Department received an application for disability allowance (DA) from the person concerned on 12 February 2021.

The processing time for individual Disability Allowance (DA) claims will vary in accordance with their relative complexity in terms of the three main qualifying criteria, the person’s circumstances and the information they provide in support of their claim. By their nature individual DA claims are complex – the Deciding Officers must consider the applicants’ medical condition and its impact on their ability to work, the applicants’ means and the applicants’ residency situation. In a significant number of cases additional information is required in order to make a decision. Because of this complexity, these claims by their very nature take time to complete and require substantial attention to ensure a full decision.

Once a decision is made on the application, the person concerned will be notified of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.