Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Appeals

8:00 pm

Photo of Tom BarryTom Barry (Cork East, Fine Gael)
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Question 273: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an appeal for a non contributory State pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [17475/11]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 6 April 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 25 May 2011 and the appeal will be referred to an Appeals Officer, in due course, who will decide whether the case can be decided on a summary basis or whether to list it for oral hearing.

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 on social welfare entitlements.

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