Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Social Welfare Appeals

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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320. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the position regarding a carer’s payment application by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11; if the decision can be reviewed and or appealed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49220/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that no appeal by the person concerned has been received by that office. On foot of the Deputy's question an appeal form was forwarded to the person concerned on 6 October 2021 by the Appeals Office requesting them to state the grounds on which they are seeking an appeal of the Deciding Officer's decision. Should a reply be received, the appeal will be registered and processed in the normal manner. The person concerned also has a right to request the Department to review the decision of the Deciding Officer.

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.

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