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Carer's Allowance Applications

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 18 September 2018

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Questions (736)

Brendan Howlin

Question:

736. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision will be reached on an application for carer's allowance by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37271/18]

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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 child or an adult who has such a disability that they require that level of care.

I confirm that my department received an application for CA from the person concerned on the 6 November 2017.

It is a condition for receipt of a CA that the person being cared for must have such a disability that as a result 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 continual supervision in order to avoid danger to him or herself and likely to require that level of care for at least twelve months.

The evidence submitted in support of this application was examined and the deciding officer decided that this evidence did not indicate that the requirement for full-time care was satisfied.

The person concerned was notified on 26 February 2018 of this decision, the reason for it and of his right of review and appeal.

The person concerned requested a review and submitted additional evidence in support of his application.

Based on this additional evidence, CA was awarded to the person concerned on 10 September 2018 and the first payment will issue to his nominated post office on 27 September 2018.

Arrears of allowance due from to 9 November 2017 to 26 September 2018 will also issue. The person concerned was notified of these details on 10 September 2018.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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