Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Department of Social Protection
Carer's Allowance Applications
The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 29 June 2016. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought from the Department of Social Protection. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 15 September 2016 and the case will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on 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 in relation to social welfare entitlements.
I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.
154. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the progress to date in the determination of an application for carer's allowance in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27582/16]
I confirm that my department received an application for carer’s allowance from the person concerned on 25 May 2016. Additional information in relation to the person’s application has been requested by a deciding officer. Once the information is received the application will be processed without delay and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.
I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.