Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (631)

Brendan Griffin

Ceist:

631. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a decision has been made on the review of further medical evidence submitted in support of an invalidity pension application by a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5533/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the pay related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions.

The department received a claim for IP from this gentleman on 28 March 2018. This application was disallowed.

Further medical evidence was submitted in July 2018 and, following a review, it was decided that there was no change to the original decision.

The gentleman in question lodged an appeal of the decision to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO) and submitted additional medical evidence in support of his appeal.

Following a review of all the information available it was decided that there was no change to the original decision and a submission was prepared by the department and forwarded to the SWAO for determination on 03 December 2018. The additional medical evidence recently submitted in support of his application has been forwarded to the SWAO, who will be in touch with the gentleman in question directly in relation to the progress of his appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.