Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Ceisteanna (766)

Mary Upton

Ceist:

798 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if a jobseeker’s payment will be put in place in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11145/09]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Family)

The claim for jobseeker's allowance by the person concerned was refused by a Deciding Officer of the Department on 15 December 2008 on the grounds that his means exceeded the statutory limit.

An appeal was opened on 05 January 2009 and I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that the case has been referred to an Appeals Officer who has decided to hold an oral hearing. The person concerned will be informed when arrangements have been made.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office is an office of the Department that is independently responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.