Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Questions (203)

Michael Healy-Rae


203. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application for a carer's allowance by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25873/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Carer's allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance payment made to a person who is habitually resident in the State and who is providing full-time care and attention to a person who has such a disability that they require that level of care.

It is a condition for receipt of CA that every claimant shall furnish such certificates, documents, information and evidence as may be required for the purposes of deciding their claim. It is also a condition for receipt of a CA that the person being cared for must have a disability whose effect is that they require full-time care and attention.

This is defined as requiring from another person, continual supervision and frequent assistance throughout the day in connection with normal bodily functions or continuous supervision in order to avoid danger to him or herself and likely to require that level of care for at least twelve months.

I confirm that the department received an application for CA from the person concerned on 23 January 2018. The evidence submitted in support of this application was examined and the deciding officer decided that this evidence did not indicate that the full-time care requirement was satisfied. In addition, she failed to furnish information requested by the deciding officer on 21 March 2018.

The person concerned was notified on 24 April 2018 of this decision, the reasons for it and of her right of review and appeal.

A review of this decision was sought on 8 May 2018. The outcome of the review is that the original decision remains unchanged.

The person concerned was notified on 30 May 2018 of the outcome and of her right of appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.