Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (252)

Charlie McConalogue


252. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a file on a person (details supplied) will be forwarded to the social welfare appeals office; if the file will be issued to the appeals office as soon as possible in order for the appeal to be fully investigated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3409/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 18th October 2018.   It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection  These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 17th January 2019 and the case will now 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 Employment Affairs and Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.