Written Answers. - Social Welfare Appeals.

Michael Ring

Ceist:

133 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs the number of appeals received by the appeals officer in the Western Health Board in the past 12 months, on a monthly basis; the number of appeals dealt with; and the number of appeals allowed and disallowed, including details of the category under appeal, for example, supplementary welfare allowances. [10271/00]

The supplementary welfare allowance scheme is administered on my behalf by the health boards. Appeals in supplementary welfare allowance cases are dealt with in the first instance by the health board appeals officers. I understand from the Western Health Board that it received 424 appeals in relation to supplementary welfare allowance in 1999. Details are set out in the following tabular statement. Information for January to March 2000 is not yet available.

Western Health Board

Month

Received

DealtWith

AppealsAllowed

AppealsDisallowed

On Hand

74 Appeals carried forward from 1998.

January

15

22

3

19

67

February

20

11

1

10

76

March

32

31

4

27

77

April

33

40

6

34

70

May

21

19

6

13

70

June

14

13

1

12

71

July

27

13

3

10

85

August

84

41

4

37

128

September

60

66

33

33

122

October

59

68

39

29

113

November

48

45

22

23

116

December

11

38

9

29

89

Total

424

407

131

276

Two appeals were withdrawn during the year. The number on hand at 31 December 1999 was 89.