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Social Welfare Appeals

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 March 2022

Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Questions (534)

Niall Collins

Question:

534. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of appeals submitted by applicants analysed per county, scheme, by paper appeal and by oral appeal in each year since 2015 to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11725/22]

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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. 

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that statistics are not maintained on a county by county basis, and it is not in a position to supply the information sought by the Deputy in relation to the appeals submitted by county.  

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.   

There are a number of ways which an appeal may be finalised.  The large majority of appeals are decided upon by an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the documentary evidence presented or if necessary, hold an oral hearing. In some other cases, new evidence is provided with the appeal and, as a result, the original decision may be revised in favour of the appellant by the Deciding Officer or Designated Person.  A small proportion of appeals are withdrawn.  

The first table below shows the number of appeals submitted by appellants per scheme in each year from 2015 to 2021.  

The second table below provides details of appeals outcomes in each year from 2015 to 2021. 

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Appeals received 2015 to 2021

Year

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Adoptive Benefit

-

-

2

1

-

-

-

Back To Work Family Dividend

64

52

43

43

29

25

31

Bereavement Grant

6

3

1

1

1

-

-

Blind Pension

22

13

19

12

15

9

16

Carer's Allowance

3,188

3,887

3,200

2,902

3,006

3,630

3,361

Carer's Benefit

93

95

110

162

244

331

281

Carer’s Support Grant

124

164

164

126

165

201

300

Child Benefit

552

595

473

485

552

460

341

Death Benefit

1

1

-

1

1

2

2

Deserted Wife's Allowance

1

-

1

1

-

1

-

Deserted Wife's Benefit

19

7

7

8

6

7

6

Disability Allowance

6,435

4,912

5,077

5,200

6,242

6,661

5,733

Disablement Benefit

347

298

347

330

278

169

322

Domiciliary Care Allowance

1,258

1,198

1,199

1,432

1,656

1,690

1,558

Farm Assist

201

196

130

84

111

76

79

Guardian's Payment (Contributory)

49

38

34

22

27

27

33

Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory)

18

17

16

8

12

8

19

Illness Benefit

1,204

819

443

581

916

984

683

Incapacity Supplement

12

9

7

7

1

5

-

Injury Benefit

65

56

51

44

53

83

72

Insurability of Employment

156

151

132

86

92

73

91

Invalidity Pension

1,857

1,362

1,381

1,387

1,874

2,206

1,870

Jobseeker’s Benefit (Self Employed)

-

-

-

-

3

75

33

Payment for 65 year olds

-

-

-

-

-

-

196

Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment

34

43

41

70

75

83

98

Jobseeker's Allowance - Means

2,174

2,050

1,504

1,380

1,188

1,256

905

Jobseeker's Allowance - Payments

2,058

2,031

1,676

1,570

1,445

1,250

1,320

Jobseeker's Benefit

735

637

545

610

671

759

1,196

Liable Relatives

26

23

9

4

5

1

3

Maternity Benefit

71

87

84

40

38

74

57

Medical Care

4

4

2

2

7

6

1

One Parent Family Payment

368

313

244

273

302

272

254

Pandemic  Unemployment Payment

-

-

-

-

-

275

2,902

Parent’s Benefit

-

-

-

-

-

3

10

Partial Capacity  Benefit

42

42

38

75

131

72

132

Paternity Benefit

 

1

16

14

8

32

33

Pre-Retirement Allowance

-

-

2

-

-

-

-

Recoverable Benefits & Assistance

26

24

25

29

9

4

-

State Pension (Contributory)

264

366

408

309

457

345

354

State Pension (Non-Contributory)

348

397

370

347

386

350

315

State Pension (Transition)

3

2

3

-

-

-

-

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

2,125

1,970

1,302

859

888

1,052

904

Treatment Benefits

3

5

1

2

2

5

2

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

25

26

23

18

17

9

12

Widow’s, Widower’s Pension   (Contributory)

40

49

45

38

38

46

59

Widowed Parent Grant

10

8

6

1

5

10

15

Working Family Payment

447

510

477

290

1,441

1,037

1,221

 Total

24,475

22,461

19,658

18,854

22,397

23,664

24,820

Appeal Outcomes 2015-2021

Year

Summary decisions by AO

Oral Hearings by AO

Revised   decision by DO

Withdrawn

Total

2015

12,027

6,886

5,200

1,293

25,406

2016

10,463

6,527

5,100

1,130

23,220

2017

8,144

5,412

4,283

1,141

18,980

2018

8,748

5,397

3,425

937

18,507

2019

10,765

5,829

4,669

1,309

22,572

2020

18,808

1,712

5,204

1,066

26,790

2021

15,517

1,050

6,462

900

23,929

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