Written answers

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Appeals

9:00 pm

Photo of Pat BreenPat Breen (Clare, Fine Gael)
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Question 341: To ask the Minister for Social Protection when a carer’s allowance application will be processed in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8017/12]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all the evidence, including that adduced at oral hearing, disallowed the appeal of the person concerned. Under Social Welfare legislation, the decision of the Appeals Officer is final and conclusive and may only be reviewed by the Appeals Officer in the light of new evidence or new facts. Following the submission of additional evidence the Appeals Officer has agreed to review the case. The person concerned will be contacted when the review of her appeal has been finalised. 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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