Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Social Protection
Social Welfare Benefits
The person concerned applied for disability allowance on 12 May 2011.
The medical evidence supplied with her application was referred to one of the department's medical assessors who was of the opinion, based on the information supplied, that she was not medically suitable for disability allowance. The deciding officer accepted this opinion and the claim was refused and the person was notified in writing of this decision on 21 September 2011.
The person subsequently forwarded further medical evidence in support of her application which was referred to a medical assessor. A decision will shortly be made on the review of the person's application for disability allowance and she will be notified in writing of the result.
Statistical information relating to the volume of claims processed by the Department in 2010 is incomplete due to industrial action during which figures were not collected for several months. Furthermore, records of decisions in relation to claims refused on the grounds of Habitual Residence Condition (HRC) were not maintained in sufficient detail in 2010 to permit the segregation of nationalities which would allow the provision of the information requested by Deputy.
I am informed however that 5,906 decisions to refuse a welfare payment due to a customer's failure to satisfy the HRC were recorded in 2010. Of these decisions 650 have been identified as being claims for welfare payments from Irish Nationals refused on the grounds of HRC.