Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (548)

Kieran O'Donnell

Ceist:

548. Deputy Kieran O'Donnell asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will address a matter regarding the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26502/20]

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 this gentleman on 18 May 2020.  The claim was refused on the grounds that the medical conditions for the scheme were not satisfied. He was notified on 27 July 2020 of this decision, the reasons for it and of his right of review and appeal.

The gentleman concerned subsequently requested a review and lodged an appeal of the decision to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO) and submitted further medical evidence in support of his claim.

Following a review of all the information available it was decided that there was no change to the original decision and he was notified on 25 September 2020 of the outcome of the review.

A submission is being prepared by the department and will forwarded to the SWAO for determination.  The SWAO will be in touch with him directly in due course in relation to the progress of his appeal.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.