Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (181)

Michael McCarthy


181. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Social Protection when a decision will issue on an appeal for domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; the delay in processing same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10636/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

An application for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) was received on the 19th June 2012. This application was referred to one of the Department’s Medical Assessors who considered that the child was not medically eligible for DCA. A letter issued on the 7th August 2012 outlining the decision to refuse the allowance. The person concerned subsequently lodged an appeal against this decision. As part of the appeal process, the case has been forwarded to another of the Department’s Medical Assessors for further consideration, including a review of any new information supplied. Upon receipt of the Medical Assessor’s opinion, the case will be further examined and allowed or forwarded for consideration by the Appeals Office.