Thursday, 17 December 2020
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Social Welfare Appeals
444. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an appeal for a carer’s allowance in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44621/20]
The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 18 November 2020. 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 Social Protection. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 30 November 2020. The case was referred on 15 December 2020 to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing.
The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for 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.