Written answers

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Department of Social Protection

State Pension (Non-Contributory) Applications

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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51. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the reason for refusal of non-contributory old age pension in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46650/14]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour)
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State pension non- contributory (SPNC) is a means tested pension.

The Deputy has already been given full details of this case by the Department. Based on the documentation provided to date by the applicant and a report from the social welfare inspector it was decided that the person concerned had not fully disclosed his means and on that basis the Deciding Officer refused SPNC. The customer was advised of his right to a review of the decision or to appeal the decision to the Appeals Office.

The Deciding Officer can review the decision. If the customer wishes a review to be undertaken he should provide any additional documentation, facts or evidence in relation to income and outgoings that would be relevant when reassessing his means.

The case has also been forwarded to the Appeals Office. If the person concerned wishes to appeal the decision, or if the Deputy wishes to make an appeal on his behalf, a written submission clearly stating the grounds of the appeal should be sent to the Appeals Office, D’Olier House, D’Olier St, Dublin 2.


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