Written answers

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Benefits Eligibility

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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228. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the total entitlement to a full rate of disability allowance and invalidity pension in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4800/17]

Photo of Finian McGrathFinian McGrath (Dublin Bay North, Independent)
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This gentleman submitted an application for disability allowance on 7 July 2016.

The application was refused on the grounds that the person failed to supply information requested by my department on various dates. The person in question was notified in writing of this decision on 10 January 2017 and of his rights of review and appeal. No request for review or appeal has been received to date.

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 gentleman concerned on 5 October 2016. In order to establish medical suitability, forms for completion issued to him on 7 October 2016. Despite the issue of reminders on 28/10/2016, the completed medical forms have not been returned to the Department to date. If the gentleman concerned is now in a position to return the completed forms his application will be processed as quickly as possible.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.


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