Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (397)

Noel Harrington


397. Deputy Noel Harrington asked the Minister for Social Protection the services available to young self employed persons in their early 50s who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and who are no longer able to work; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8146/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

My Department provides a number of income supports for people with disabilities.

In the case of a self-employed person who is no longer able to work due to illness, he or she can apply for disability allowance. For the deputy’s information, the qualifying conditions for disability allowance are that the person must:

- be substantially restricted in undertaking suitable employment arising from a medical assessment or examination of the person’s disability;

- be aged between 16 and under 66;

- satisfy a means test;

- be habitually resident in the State.

Question No. 398 answered with Question No. 395.