Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (113)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

113. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of the review of the domiciliary care allowance; the number of refusals of DCA in each of the years since the payment was transferred from the Health Service Executive; if there has been an increase in refusals; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11376/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The review of the domiciliary care allowance (DCA) scheme, which I requested in May 2012, was completed by the end of December 2012, on schedule. The report is with me and is currently receiving consideration and will be published in due course. It is estimated that expenditure on the DCA scheme in 2013 will be circa €101m with a further €37m on the associated Respite Care Grant. The number of beneficiaries of the scheme in each of the years since it transferred to the Department from the HSE is detailed in the following table.

Transfers from HSE

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Following transfer from HSE September 2009

22,763 Customers

24,587 Children

September 2010

23,407 Customers

25,208 children

September 2011

23,932 Customers

25,758 Children

September 2012

24,610 Customers

26,416 Children

Details of the numbers of DCA applications allowed and refused in each of these years are detailed in the following table.

Domiciliary Care Allowance applications – April 2009 to Dec 2012

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Applications received

Applications fully processed in year

Applications allowed incl. on review*

Applications disallowed

2009 (from 1st April)

3,389

2,823

1,220

1,603 (57%)

2010

5,457

5,333

2,576

2,757 (52%)

2011

5,525

5,396

2,502

2,894 (54%)

2012

4,339

4,680

1,579

3,101 (66%)

Total

18,710

18,232

7,877 (43%)

10,355 (57%)

(* Includes cases initially disallowed but allowed on review following receipt of additional information ).

Although the percentage of applications refused on initial application has averaged 57% over the last four years there has been a steady increase each year in the number of beneficiaries of the scheme.