Written answers

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Appeals

9:00 pm

Photo of James BannonJames Bannon (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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Question 152: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for carer's allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8664/12]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour)
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On 27 April 2010 the person concerned was refused carer's allowance on the grounds that the care recipient was not so disabled as to require full time care and attention as prescribed in social welfare legislation. She was notified of this decision and the reason for it.

The person concerned appealed this decision and the matter was brought before an appeal hearing of the Social Welfare Appeals Office. The decision of the appeals officer was to uphold the deciding officer's decision and, accordingly, the appeal was disallowed. On 25 March 2011 the person concerned was notified of the appeals officer's decision. The Department has no record of any subsequent application for carer's allowance.


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