Written answers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Department of Social Protection

Diet Supplement Payments

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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144. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide the standing of the independent appeals officer decision where in August 2014 they decided to overturn the previous decision in favour of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare in respect of their dietary allowance; when it is expected that the allowance will be restored in line with that decision; the reason it has not already been restored; the action being taken to ensure the payment is made forthwith including arrears; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47062/14]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour)
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Further to previous PQ 44094-14 relating to this client and to contact with officials from my Department the appeal decision was implemented in full.

I am advised that the appeal was implemented on the understanding that the client provide further information to the Department that remained outstanding. At that time the diet supplement of €56.00 per month was reinstated and paid on 30 July, 2014 and arrears of €1,288.00 were paid on 28 August, 2014. Despite further requests, the information required was not provided and the claim was subsequently suspended. Once the information requested is provided to the Department the claim will be reconsidered.


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