Written answers

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Department of Social Protection

Invalidity Pension Appeals

Photo of James BannonJames Bannon (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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To ask the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide an update on an appeal for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [57565/12]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour)
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The person concerned is currently in receipt of illness benefit from this Department. 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 on 7 November 2011. The claim was refused by a deciding officer on the ground that the person in question was not deemed to be permanently incapable of work. The applicant was notified of this decision and the reason for it on 15 November 2012.

The person concerned subsequently submitted further medical evidence in support of her claim. This evidence has been forwarded to a different medical assessor for evaluation and a decision will issue to the person concerned once the review is completed.


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