Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Social Protection
Social Welfare Appeals
Question 352: To ask the Minister for Social Protection when an application for domiciliary care allowance appeal will be finalised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9394/12]
The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 1st February 2012. 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. 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.