Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Ceisteanna (405)

Michael Ring

Ceist:

405. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Social Protection if the Social Welfare Appeals Office has received any further information regarding a person (details supplied) in County Mayo, following the decision of the appeals office to refuse them an invalidity pension payment. [21568/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all of the available evidence, decided to disallow the appeal of the person concerned by way of a summary decision on 19 November 2013. Under Social Welfare legislation, the decision of an Appeals Officer is final and conclusive and may only be reviewed in the light of additional evidence or new facts.

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that the person concerned did not submit any additional evidence for consideration by an Appeals Officer following the disallowance of his appeal.

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 in relation to social welfare entitlements.