Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Social Protection
Social Welfare Appeals
Question 232: To ask the Minister for Social Protection when a decision will issue on an application for carer's allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16994/11]
The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 20 December 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 14 April 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.