Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Social Welfare Appeals
601. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if an appeal by a person (details supplied) will be expedited; the status of this matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9159/19]
The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 20 September 2018. 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 Employment Affairs and Social Protection. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 28 January 2019 and the case will now be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing.
The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Employment Affairs and 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.