Thursday, 3 October 2019

Ceisteanna (352)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

352. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons (details supplied) that have availed of disablement benefit to date under the occupational injury benefit scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40372/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

A total of 583 disablement benefit applications under the occupational injury benefit scheme have been received from former coal miners across the country to date.

The outcome of these applications is as follows: 

No. of applications 

Arigna only

Countrywide

Received

311

583

Pending

5

12

Awarded

140

238

Disallowed

150

287

Withdrawn by the customer

 16

46

In total 12 cases are pending due to incomplete applications, are awaiting further medical evidence or the establishment of insurable employment in the mines.

All applicants who were disallowed the benefit were advised of their entitlement to appeal the decision to the  Social Welfare Appeals Office within 21 days of the decision being made.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.