Latest Social Protection figures reveal major problems within the application process – Denise Mitchell TD

Figures provided by the Department of Social Protection this morning reveal an underlying problem with how they are dealing with applications for Disability Allowance, with the high rate of decisions overturned said Denise Mitchell, Sinn Féin’s Junior Spokesperson on Social Protection.

Denise Mitchell TD for Dublin Bay North stated:

“Figures showing that 42% of applicants for Disability Allowance were refused, and on appeal two thirds of these were then accepted, highlight major problems that exist in the application process. This must be rectified.

“There are other payments too with high refusal rates. Sinn Féin’s John Brady TD questioned the Minister in the last two weeks on the large percentage of refusals for Carers Allowance with high rates of appeal going to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. Again, this demonstrated possible flaws in the application procedure.

“The high rate of decisions overturned by the Appeals Office make it clear that problems exist in the Disability Allowance application process. Forcing people who clearly have medical issues and need welfare to go through the extra procedure of an appeal is not acceptable. This needs action from  the Minister. I am calling on Minister Varadkar to rewiew these procedures as soon as possible.”