Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Social Protection
Social Welfare Appeals
Question 305: To ask the Minister for Social Protection if an appeal in respect of an application for disability allowance will be expedited and approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. [7674/12]
The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the disability allowance claim of the person concerned was disallowed following an assessment by a Medical Assessor who expressed the opinion that he was medically unsuitable for the allowance. An appeal was registered on 25th January 2012 and in accordance with the statutory procedures the relevant department papers and the comments of the Social Welfare services on the matter raised in the appeal have been sought. In that context, an assessment by another Medical Assessor will be carried out.
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.