Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (297)

Finian McGrath

Question:

297. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding carer's allowance and jobseeker's allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15234/14]

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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 2nd November 2012. The person in question was refused carers allowance on the grounds that she was not providing full time care and attention as required and she was attending a course for more than 15 hours per week.

The person concerned appealed this decision and the case was submitted to the Social Welfare Appeals office for determination. An Appeals Officer, having fully considered all of the available evidence, disallowed the appeal of the person concerned. The person concerned was notified of the Appeals Officer's decision on 20th September 2013 and was provided at that time with a detailed explanation of the basis for the Appeals Officer's decision to disallow the appeal. Under Social Welfare legislation, the decision of an Appeals Officer is final and conclusive and may only be reviewed in the light of additional evidence or new facts.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office recalled the file on the 4th March 2014.

The person in question is currently in receipt of jobseekers allowance from 6th August 2013.