Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (359)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

359. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the progress to date in respect of determination of appeal for carer's allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21059/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

A child under 16 years is deemed medically eligible for carer's allowance when domiciliary care allowance is in payment for that child. Once the child reaches 16 years of age and entitlement to domiciliary care allowance ceases, a review of the continuing entitlement to carer’s allowance is undertaken as medical eligibility is no longer automatically satisfied and must be confirmed. This resulted in a review in this case. Following that review carer’s allowance was stopped on 20th November 2013 in respect of the care recipient in question as it was decided that the medical criteria were no longer satisfied.

The person in question submitted additional medical evidence in support of their application. This evidence was reviewed but the decision remained unchanged. The person in question was notified of this decision on the 23rd January 2014 the reason for it and of her right of appeal. The person concerned has appealed the decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. An appeals submission will be prepared and the file and papers will be referred to the Social Welfare Appeals Office for determination as soon as possible.