Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Ceisteanna (1317)

Denis Naughten


1317. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason for the delay in forwarding the file of a person (details supplied) to the social welfare appeals office; when this file will be forwarded to the office; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13858/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The person concerned made an application for Illness Benefit in 2018 seeking entitlement to Illness Benefit from a period some years earlier. Illness Benefit claims received after 6 weeks of becoming ill are considered late claims.

In advance of sending the person's Illness Benefit claims to the Social Welfare Appeals Office a review was undertaken of the case by another  deciding office to assess if the decision could be revised based on the appeals information before sending to appease. The file has now been sent to the Social Welfare Appeals Office for decision.

I trust this clarifies matters for the Deputy.