Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Social Protection
Social Welfare Benefits
The continued entitlement to domiciliary care allowance (DCA) in this case was reviewed in January 2012 by one of the Department’s Medical Assessors. The Medical Assessor found that the child was no longer medically eligible for the allowance and a letter issued on the 16th January 2012 advising the person concerned of the decision.
The person concerned may submit additional information and ask for the case to be further reviewed, or they may appeal the decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office within twenty one days.
Question 307: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the progress made in respect of determination of eligibility for invalidity pension in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7678/12]
Invalidity pension is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the contribution conditions.
This department received a claim for invalidity pension for the person concerned. The medical evidence provided by the claimant in support of her claim was examined by a medical assessor who was of the opinion that the person concerned is not eligible for invalidity pension as she does not satisfy the medical criteria. The application for invalidity pension was, accordingly, disallowed by a deciding officer. The person in question was notified of this decision and the reason for it.
Further medical evidence was subsequently submitted by the claimant. This additional evidence, along with the original information, was evaluated by a different medical assessor who found that the person concerned does not satisfy the medical criteria. Accordingly, the deciding officer has confirmed the original decision and the claimant has been notified of the outcome.
Question 308: To ask the Minister for Social Protection when it is likely that a decision will be made in respect of an application for disability allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7680/12]
The person concerned has been awarded disability allowance with effect from 27 April 2011. Weekly payment will commence on 29 February 2012. Any arrears due to the person concerned will issue shortly after that date. The person has been notified in writing of this decision.