Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (406)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

406. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Social Protection the current waiting times for the processing of domicilary care allowance applications; if she will provide in tabular form, for the past five years, the number of claims awarded on first application; the number of claims refused; and the number of claims received; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8235/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Currently, the average time to process an application for Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) from receipt to decision is approximately 8 weeks. The Department has been accepting new claims for DCA since 1st April 2009. Statistics relating to the allowance for the period prior to April 2009 are a matter for the HSE, the previous administrators of the scheme. The number of applicants for DCA that were received, awarded and refused from April 2009 to December 2012 is set out in the table below.

Domiciliary Care Allowance applications – 2009 to 2012

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Applications received

Applications  processed in year

Applications allowed*

Applications disallowed

2009 (from 1st April)

3,389

2,823

1,220 (43%)

1,603

2010

5,457

5,333

2,576 (48%)

2,757

2011

5,525

5,396

2502 (46%)

2,894

2012

4,339

4,680

 2204 (47%)

2,476

*including on review following receipt of additional information