1487. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the grounds upon which an appeal for jobseeker’s allowance was refused following an oral hearing in the case of a person (details supplied) that submitted extra documentation as required; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35164/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The Deputy will be aware that in order to qualify for a jobseekers allowance payment a person must satisfy a number of qualifying conditions.
The person concerned was refused jobseeker’s allowance by a Deciding Officer of the Department on the grounds that he did not satisfy the habitual residence condition.
I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer having considered all the available evidence including that ...

159. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason for a refusal for a jobseeker’s allowance in the case of a person (details supplied); if an appeal claim will be facilitated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19127/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The person concerned was in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance from 4 July 2016 but the claim was disallowed following review. An appeal of this decision has been received by the Intreo Centre concerned and an Inspector is reviewing the case as a matter of urgency.
The Intreo Centre will also review the case on receipt of a report from the Inspector.
I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.
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368. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the progress to date in the determination of an appeal in the case of a person (details supplied) in respect of an application for jobseeker’s allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17935/17 asked on 11 Apr 2017 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an oral hearing of the appeal of the person concerned took place on 28 February 2017. At the hearing it was agreed that additional information was required and would be provided by the person concerned. As the Deputy will be aware certain information was submitted by email through his office on 20th March 2017. It was indicated in that email correspondence that the appellant was awaiti...

319. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when a jobseeker’s allowance will be paid in the case of a person (details supplied) who has submitted all required documentation and is still awaiting a decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5837/17 asked on 07 Feb 2017 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): An application for a jobseeker’s allowance from the person concerned was disallowed as his means could not be determined due to outstanding documentation. The person concerned appealed the decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. As part of the process the application was reviewed within the Intreo Centre and the original decision was upheld. The application papers and report will now be submitted by the Intreo Centre to the Social W...

290. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will review an application for a jobseekers’ allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); his views on the fact that a bank account held in the UK which was closed seven years ago and was rarely used by the person when they lived in the UK, should not be part of the application process in view of the fact the person lives here and has tried to get details from the bank without success. (Question 2654/17 asked on 24 Jan 2017 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the appeals in respect of Jobseekers Allowance and Supplementary Welfare Allowance from the person concerned were referred to an Appeals Officer who has decided to convene an oral hearing in this case. 
Every effort will be made to hear the case as quickly as possible and the appellant will be informed when arrangements for the oral hearing have been made. 
The Social Welfare Appeals Offi...

652. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when arrears of jobseeker’s allowance will be paid to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1540/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Minister for Social Protection Deputy Leo Varadkar: I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an oral hearing of the jobseeker’s allowance appeal of the person concerned was scheduled for 10.45 am on Thursday, 12 January 2017 in the Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone. The person concerned was informed of the arrangements for the hearing on 21 December 2016. 
According to the information available the person concerned did not attend the oral hearing on 12 January 2017 and the Appeals O...

280. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Social Protection if an appeal for a jobseeker’s allowance will be prioritised for a person (detail supplied); and if a decision will issue before Christmas 2016. (Question 39445/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer on 22 November 2016, who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the 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 de...

340. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of an appeal on a decision on a jobseeker’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37470/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 22 November 2016. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these papers have been received from the Department, the case in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary...

213. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection if a full review in respect of an outstanding payment due for jobseeker’s allowance will be facilitated in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32749/16 asked on 02 Nov 2016 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The person concerned named dwelling arrangements/living arrangements prior to declaring his residence at his current address and these have already been investigated by officials in Kildare. As a result of this investigation his claim for jobseekers allowance was disallowed in July 2015. He subsequently appealed this decision to the independent Appeals Office and the Department’s decision to disallow his claim was upheld.
In May 2016 he cla...

97. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Social Protection if a decision has been made on the review of additional information submitted in respect of a jobseeker’s allowance appeal for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32405/16 asked on 27 Oct 2016 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all of the available evidence, decided to disallow the appeal of the person concerned. Under Social Welfare legislation, the decision of an Appeals Officer is final and conclusive and may only be reviewed in the light of additional evidence or new facts. 
I am advised that the person concerned has submitted additional evidence, the file has be...

150. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when he will issue payment to a person (details supplied) under the jobseeker’s allowance scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20270/16 asked on 07 Jul 2016 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The person concerned is currently in receipt of a weekly jobseekers payment of €232.70. This is in payment with effect from the 23rd of May 2016 when he made his most recent claim for jobseekers allowance at Blanchardstown Intreo Centre. The amount payable includes his own personal rate of €188.00 weekly plus the appropriate child dependent payments for a person in his circumstances.
The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised that a jobs...

35. Deputy John Brassil asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection to examine and expedite an appeal by a person (details supplied) under the jobseeker’s allowance scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9065/16 asked on 04 May 2016 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all of the available evidence, including that adduced at the oral hearing, has decided to allow the appeal of the person concerned. The person concerned has been notified of the Appeals Officer’s decision.
The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is res...

127. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the progress in respect of an appeal for jobseeker’s allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6277/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 4 January 2016. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these papers have been received from the Department, the case in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make...

53. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the status of an appeal against a disallowance under the jobseeker’s allowance scheme submitted on 4 December 2015 by a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who has neither received restoration status of the appeal nor a basic social protection payment. (Question 3862/16 asked on 28 Jan 2016 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 4th January 2016. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these papers have been received from the Department, the case in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will ma...

36. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the status of an appeal by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo to the refusal of an application under the jobseeker’s allowance scheme; if she will expedite it; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2560/16 asked on 21 Jan 2016 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all of the available evidence, has decided to allow the appeal of the person concerned by way of a summary decision. The person concerned has been notified of the Appeals Officer’s decision.
The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for de...

69. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the status of an appeal under the jobseeker’s allowance scheme by a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46612/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all of the available evidence, has decided to allow the appeal of the person concerned by way of a summary decision. The person concerned has been notified of the Appeals Officer’s decision. 
The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for...

101. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the status of an appeal of a decision for a jobseeker’s allowance by a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1027/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was received in that office on 5 January 2016. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these papers have been received from the Department, the case in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a...

83. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if an appeal under the jobseeker’s allowance scheme will be approved for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46146/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the appeal from the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer who has decided to hold an oral hearing in this case on 4th January 2016. The person concerned has been notified of the arrangements for the hearing. 
The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining app...

85. Deputy Brian Walsh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if an appeal under the jobseeker’s allowance scheme will be expedited for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44705/15 asked on 15 Dec 2015 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 24 November 2015. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these papers have been received from the Department, the case in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will ma...

127. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will ensure that a social protection appeal by a person (details supplied) is processed as a matter of urgency; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41563/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The person concerned submitted an appeal request to her local office regarding her jobseekers allowance claim. The Deciding Officer advised the person concerned that the Department would review the jobseeker’s allowance application upon receipt of specified documentation. 
The appeal submission has now been forwarded to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. It is open to the person concerned to contact her local office to pursue th...

137. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection when a decision on an appeal on a claim for a jobseeker’s allowance will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39154/15 asked on 10 Nov 2015 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 5th November 2015. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these papers have been received from the Department, the case in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will m...

43. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the progress in determining an appeal in respect of a payment under the jobseeker’s allowance scheme by a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38547/15 asked on 04 Nov 2015 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The person concerned is currently in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance (JA) and is being paid the maximum amount allowable for his household. This Department has no record of an appeal lodged by the claimant.
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162. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the reason payment of a jobseeker’s allowance to a person (details supplied) ceased. (Question 37231/15 asked on 03 Nov 2015 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The person concerned commenced claiming jobseeker’s allowance from this Department on 26 September 2011. Claims for jobseeker’s allowance are subject to periodic reviews in order to establish that there is a continuing entitlement to receive this payment. Following four such review interviews with the person concerned on 31 July 2015, 13 August 2015, 21 August 2015 and 28 August 2015, the Deciding Officer determined that he was ...

194. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will expedite an appeal for a payment of jobseeker’s allowance by a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. (Question 34291/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned together with the relevant Departmental papers were received and registered in that office on 28 September 2015. The appeal will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing to determine the appeal.
The Social Welfare Appeals Office function...

214. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will examine and expedite an appeal in respect of a jobseeker’s allowance by a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34402/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Appeals)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that a Jobseeker’s Allowance appeal by the person concerned was referred to an Appeals Officer on 29 September 2015, who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing. I understand that the appeals office has no record of any Supplementary Welfare Allowance appeal from the person concerned.
The Social We...