Written answers

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Appeals

9:00 pm

Photo of Caoimhghín Ó CaoláinCaoimhghín Ó Caoláin (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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Question 394: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the total number of applications to the social welfare appeals office for the years 2010 and 2011 that were initially refused based on failure to satisfy the habitual residence condition; and if she will provide a breakdown of the number of decisions overturned and upheld. [9869/12]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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The figures requested are given in the following table.

YEARNo. of HRC Appeals DecisionsAppeals upheld/partially upheldAppeals disallowed
20104,1467473,399
20115,5492,3693,180

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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