Thursday, 27 June 2013
Department of Social Protection
Carer's Allowance Appeals
158. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if a decision has been made on an appeal of a decision on a carer's allowance application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31288/13]
The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 16 May 2013. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When received, the appeal in question 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.