Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81)

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

77 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a social welfare appeal in respect of a person (details supplied). [23154/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Social Protection)

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer having fully considered all the available evidence disallowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary decision. The person concerned has been notified of the Appeals Officer decision. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions indepedently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

78 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a social welfare appeal in respect of a person (details supplied). [23155/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 1st December 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office and the case has been referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing.

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 on social welfare entitlements.

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

79 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a supplementary welfare appeal in respect of a person (details supplied). [23156/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 26th March 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When received, the case in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing. 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 on social welfare entitlements.

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

80 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a supplementary welfare appeal in respect of a person (details supplied). [23157/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 26th November 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office and the case has been referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing. 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 on social welfare entitlements.

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

81 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a domiciliary care appeal in respect of a person (details supplied). [23159/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

An application for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) was received on 24th June 2011. This application was referred to one of the Department's Medical Assessors who found that the child was not medically eligible for DCA. A letter issued on 20th September 2011 refusing the allowance. The person concerned subsequently lodged an appeal against this decision and he was informed by the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 3rd April 2012 that the appeal had been disallowed. The decision/appeal process for this application is now complete. If the person concerned has additional information which was not made available to the deciding and appeals officers when they made their decisions, it is open to him to re-apply for the payment.

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

82 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a domiciliary care appeal in respect of a person (details supplied). [23160/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer having fully considered all the available evidence disallowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary decision. The person concerned has been notified of the Appeals Officer decision. 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 on social welfare entitlements.

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

83 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a domiciliary care appeal in respect of a person (details supplied). [23161/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal, by the person concerned, was registered in that office on 07th December 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office and the case has been referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing. 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 on social welfare entitlements.

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

84 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an invalidity pension appeal in respect of a person (details supplied). [23162/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the invalidity pension claim of the person concerned was disallowed following an assessment by a Medical Assessor who expressed the opinion that he was medically unsuitable for the allowance. An appeal was registered on 2 April 2012 and in accordance with the statutory procedures the relevant department papers and the comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the matter raised in the appeal have been sought. In that context, an assessment by another Medical Assessor will be carried out. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.