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Social Welfare Eligibility

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 14 July 2022

Thursday, 14 July 2022

Questions (532)

Sorca Clarke


532. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason that a person (details supplied) has been waiting almost two years for the return of medical information to the deciding officer in order for a decision regarding their disablement benefit can be made and given the protected length of time for documents to be returned to the deciding office; and if she will intervene on their behalf in order to prevent further unjust and unfair delays in this situation. [38850/22]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Disablement Benefit is one of the benefits payable under the Occupational Injuries scheme to an insured person who suffers a loss of physical or mental faculty as a result of an occupational accident or prescribed occupational disease, on or after 1 May 1967.  In order to qualify for Disablement Benefit, the person must be in employment which is insured at PRSI Class A, B, D, J or M.

I confirm that the person concerned applied for Disablement Benefit on the 22 June 2021.

The claim was referred for a medical assessment on the 5 July 2021. We have received a medical report dated 3 June 2022 and a decision issued on 12 July 2022 to the person concerned.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.