Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Questions (192)

Jack Wall

Question:

192. Deputy Jack Wall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare has been awarded a domiciliary care allowance in respect of their child; if the child concerned qualifies for a travel pass; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41418/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

An application for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) was received from the person concerned on the 10th August 2010 and awarded in October 2010. The person concerned also made an application for DCA in respect of another child on the 13th September 2010. This application was refused as it was considered that the child did not meet the criteria for the allowance. A letter issued on 8 November 2010 outlining the decision of the deciding officer to refuse the application.

There is no automatic entitlement to free travel for children in receipt of DCA. Based on the medical evidence available to the Department the children involved in this case do not qualify for free travel.