Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Department of Social Protection
Social Welfare Appeals
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.