Social Welfare Appeal G0040

Year: 2012

Type of Social Welfare: One-Parent Family Payment

Deciding Body: Chief Appeals Officer

The Appellant’s One Parent Family Payment was disallowed on the 9th February 2011. The Appellant re-applied for the One Parent Family Payment on the 21st February 2012. This was refused as she was employed under a Community Employment Scheme and, due to a recent change in the law, it was no longer permissible to receive payments from a CE scheme and the One Parent Family Payment simultaneously. The Appellant appealed on the 27th February 2012 on the grounds that she had been employed under the CE scheme since 2010 and therefore the legislative changes in 2012 did not apply to her circumstances. This appeal was disallowed by way of a summary decision on the 21st September 2012. A review of the decision was sought under section 318 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 on the grounds that the Appeals Officer had made a mistake in the law. This review under Section 318 was successful and the Appellant was awarded arrears of payment from February 2012 to June 2013 which amounted to €13,603.80.