Written answers

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Department of Social and Family Affairs

Social Welfare Benefits

7:00 pm

Photo of Martin FerrisMartin Ferris (Kerry North, Sinn Fein)
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Question 68: To ask the Minister for Social Protection when a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will receive disability allowance. [4027/11]

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Minister, Department of Defence; Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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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 07 August 2010. 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 28 September 2010 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.

Photo of Martin FerrisMartin Ferris (Kerry North, Sinn Fein)
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Question 69: To ask the Minister for Social Protection when a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will receive rent allowance [4028/11]

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Minister, Department of Defence; Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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In the time frame available, I regret that my Department is not in a position to reply to this question. My Department will be in contact with the Deputy over the coming days and will reply in full to the question raised.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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Question 70: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding jobseeker's entitlement in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4208/11]

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Minister, Department of Defence; Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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The first person concerned applied for jobseeker's allowance from 6th July 2010. His claim was closed after he failed to respond to two requests for details required to assess his means. The second person concerned has not made a claim for jobseeker's payment.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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Question 71: To ask the Minister for Social Protection when rent allowance and arrears of rent allowance will be awarded in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4213/11]

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Minister, Department of Defence; Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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The Health Service Executive (HSE) has advised that the person concerned has been in receipt of a rent supplement since 1st January 2010. If the person concerned has a query concerning her rent supplement entitlement she should contact the community welfare office dealing with her claim.

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