Thursday, 10 September 2020

Ceisteanna (130)

Chris Andrews


130. Deputy Chris Andrews asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of an invalidity pension appeal by a person (details supplied); and when they can expect a decision on the case. [23034/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and for no other reason and who satisfy the pay related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions.

The department received a claim for IP for the person concerned on 25 May 2020. She was refused IP on the grounds that the medical conditions for the scheme were not satisfied. She was notified on 16 July 2020 of this decision, the reasons for it and of her right of review and appeal.

The person concerned subsequently requested a review and appealed the decision to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO) and submitted further medical evidence in support of her claim.

Following a review of all the information available it was decided that there was no change to the original decision. A submission has been prepared by the department and was forwarded to the SWAO on 01 September 2020 for determination. The SWAO will be in touch with her directly in due course in relation to the progress of her appeal.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.