Written answers

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Department of Social Protection

Invalidity Pension Applications

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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310. To ask the Minister for Social Protection when a claim for invalidity pension will be finalised in respect of a person (details supplied). [36872/16]

Photo of Finian McGrathFinian McGrath (Dublin Bay North, Independent)
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Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the pay related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions.

The department received a claim for IP for the lady concerned on 12 April 2016. In order to establish medical suitability, forms for completion issued to her on 18 April 2016. Despite the issue of reminders, the completed medical forms were not returned to the department until 14 October 2016.

Following consideration of all the available evidence, the lady concerned has been refused IP on the grounds that the medical conditions for the scheme are not satisfied. She was notified on the 24 November 2016 of this decision, the reasons for it and of her right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.


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