Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Ceisteanna (279)

Noel Harrington

Ceist:

279. Deputy Noel Harrington asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will review the application for carer's allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) to include further medical evidence submitted subsequent to the original decision by the deciding officer; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11279/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

I confirm that the department received an application for carer’s allowance from the person in question on the 2nd of August 2011. An information request was made on 20th of February 2012 seeking Habitual Residence questionnaire to be filled in full, e.g. a P45 and a letter from employer confirming the person in question ceased work and date he ceased work. An Information request was made to Social Welfare Inspector on 20th of February 2012. The requested information was received on the 6th of March 2012 from the person in question.

The person in question was refused carers allowance on medical grounds on the 25th of April 2012. . The person concerned appealed this decision. On the 16th of November 2012 file was submitted to the Social Welfare Appeals office for determination. The Social Welfare Appeals Office carried out all the necessary investigations on this claim and subsequently the appeal was disallowed on 12th of February 2013, as the qualifying conditions for carers allowance have not been met. The Social Welfare Appeals Office wrote to the person in question on 12th of February 2013 with this decision. The Social Welfare Appeals Officer's decision is final.