Written answers

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Department of Rural and Community Development

Invalidity Pension Reviews

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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154. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a decision has been made on the review of further medical evidence submitted in support of a invalidity pension application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41310/19]

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 this gentleman on 08 November 2018. His claim was disallowed on the grounds that the medical conditions for the scheme were not satisfied. He was notified on 05 February 2019 of this decision, the reasons for it and of his right of review and/or appeal.

He requested a review of this decision and submitted further medical evidence in support of his request. Following a review of all the information available it was decided that there was no change to the original decision. He was notified on 14 June 2019 of the outcome of the review.

The gentleman in question lodged an appeal of the decision to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO) and submitted additional medical evidence in support of his appeal. Following a review of all the information available it has been decided by the department deciding officer that there is no change to the original decision and a submission has been prepared by the department and forwarded to the SWAO for determination. The SWAO will be in touch with him directly in relation to the progress of his appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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