Written answers

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Appeals

9:00 pm

Photo of Áine CollinsÁine Collins (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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Question 228: To ask the Minister for Social Protection when a decision on an appeal for jobseeker's benefit will issue in respect of a person (details supplied). [7649/11]

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 the appeal from the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing in this case. The person concerned will be informed when arrangements have been made.

There has been a very significant increase in the number of appeals received by the Social Welfare Appeals Office since 2007 when the intake was 14,070 to 2010 when the intake rose to 32,432. These increases have caused delays in the processing of appeals. In order to be fair to all appellants, appeals are dealt with in strict chronological order. 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 Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Question 229: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a rent supplement appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [7727/11]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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In the time frame available, I regret that the Department is not in a position to reply to this question. The Department will be in contact with the Deputy over the coming days and will reply in full to the question raised.

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