Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (159)

James Bannon

Question:

158 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35559/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

I confirm that the Department is in receipt of an application for carer's allowance from the person in question.

On completion of the necessary investigations relating to all aspects of the case a decision will be made and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

In relation to the free travel aspect of your enquiry, the carer's allowance applicant will be entitled to a single status free travel pass if she is awarded carers allowance; the care recipient is entitled to a new free travel companion pass and this has issued to her by post on 13th July 2012 — a free travel companion pass allows any one person aged over 16 to accompany the pass holder for free.