Written answers

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Appeals

6:00 pm

Photo of Áine CollinsÁine Collins (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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Question 241: To ask the Minister for Social Protection when a decision will issue on an appeal for domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied). [11971/11]

Photo of Finian McGrathFinian McGrath (Dublin North Central, Independent)
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Question 242: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied). [11908/11]

Photo of Caoimhghín Ó CaoláinCaoimhghín Ó Caoláin (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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Question 243: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a domiciliary care allowance appeal in respect of persons (details supplied). [12157/11]

Photo of Joan CollinsJoan Collins (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance)
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Question 265: To ask the Minister for Social Protection if she will review an appeal for domiciliary care (details supplied). [11448/11]

Photo of Jonathan O'BrienJonathan O'Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
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Question 289: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the reasons a domiciliary care allowance was refused in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11815/11]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 241 to 243, inclusive, 265 and 289 together.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 05 February 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 12th March 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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