Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (662)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

662. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason it has taken over three months to review an invalidity pension application by a person (details supplied); when a decision will be made on the review; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11845/19]

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 for this lady on 27 September 2018. Her claim was disallowed on the grounds that the medical conditions for the scheme were not satisfied. She was notified on 19 November 2018 of this decision, the reasons for it and of her right of review or appeal.

She requested a review and appeal of this decision and submitted further medical evidence on 03 December 2018 in support of her request. Following a review of all the information available it has been decided that there is no change to the original decision and a submission is being prepared by the department and will be forwarded to the Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO) for determination. She was notified on 08 March 2019 of the outcome of the review.

The SWAO will be in touch with her directly in relation to the progress of her appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Question No. 663 answered with Question No. 657.