The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 31 July 2019. 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 16 August 2019 and the case will 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 Department has suspended the recovery of this overpayment while the appeal is being dealt with.
Your representations, including your request for an oral hearing, will be brought to the attention of the Appeals Officer assigned to this case.
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.