Written answers

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Appeals

10:00 pm

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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Question 247: To ask the Minister for Social Protection when a decision will issue in relation to an appeal for farm assist in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39787/11]

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 an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 22 November 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 06 December 2011 and the appeal will, in due course, be assigned to an Appeals Officer for consideration. 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 Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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Question 248: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an appeal for supplementary welfare allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39830/11]

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 an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 26 November 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Community Welfare Services on the grounds of appeal be sought. When received, the appeal in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer for consideration. 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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