Thursday, 11 July 2019
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Social Welfare Appeals
895. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason for the planned move of the social welfare appeals office from its present location; her views on whether this will have implications for the perceived independence of the office, privacy, accessibility and the general deterioration of service; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30608/19]
The Appeals Office is currently located in accommodation which will require to be upgraded. The lease on the property has expired but the tenancy is rolling over on an annual basis. The Commissioners for Public Works are currently in negotiation on a new lease with the landlord. Whilst the Department is reviewing alternative locations, no decisions have been made. Any alternative location will have regard to all requirements of the office, including independence of role, accessibility and privacy.