Thursday, 20 June 2013

Questions (128)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

128. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will ensure a review is undertaken regarding a decision to refuse carer's allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29755/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

I confirm that the department received an application for carer’s allowance from the person in question on the 4th December 2012. The person concerned was refused carers allowance on the grounds that the care recipient is not so disabled as to require full time care and attention as prescribed in regulations. She was notified of this decision on 27th of February 2013. Additional medical evidence was received on 15th March 2013 and forwarded to the Department’s medical assessor for consideration. However, this information did not alter the opinion of the medical assessor and the decision remained unchanged. The person in question was notified of this decision on 8th of June 2013, the reasons for it and of her right of appeal. The person concerned has appealed this decision and further medical evidence along with the letter of appeal was received on the 18th of June 2013. All the necessary papers will be submitted to the Social Welfare Appeals Office for determination.