Written answers

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Social Welfare Eligibility

Photo of Aengus Ó SnodaighAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein)
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273. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a person (details supplied) can now expect a decision regarding their PRSI classification. [12129/23]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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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 am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all the evidence, disallowed the insurability appeal of the person concerned by way of a summary decision on 7 July 2022.

Under social welfare legislation the decision of an Appeals Officer is generally final and conclusive and may only be reviewed by an Appeals Officer in the light of new evidence or new facts. Subsequently, the solicitor representing the person concerned submitted additional evidence and the Appeals Officer agreed to undertake a review of his decision under section 317 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005. The person concerned and his legal representatives will be contacted when the review of his appeal decision, which will be carried out on a summary basis, has been finalised. This outcome will be issued as soon as possible.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.


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