Written answers

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Department of Social Protection

Invalidity Pension Appeals

Photo of Arthur SpringArthur Spring (Kerry North-West Limerick, Labour)
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124. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) in County Kerry is entitled to qualify for an invalidity pension payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29463/13]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 19 March 2013. 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. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 13 June 2013 and the case will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing. 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.

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