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Social Welfare Appeals

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 25 November 2021

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Ceisteanna (287)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

287. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of social welfare appeals being determined on a weekly basis; the number of appeals arising each week; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [58182/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.

I am advised by the Chief Appeals Officer that in 2020 a total of 23,664 appeals were registered and 26,790 were finalised. In the period January to October 2021 20,574 appeals have been registered and 19,678 finalised.

The attached table sets out the number of appeals registered and finalised in 2020 and from January to October 2021 and the average weekly statistics for both periods.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Annual and Weekly Appeals Statistics

Year

2020

2021 (to end of October)

Total

Weekly Average

Total

Weekly Average

Registered

23,664

455

20,574

478

Finalised

26,790

515

19,678

458

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