Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (483)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

483. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision in respect of an application for carer’s allowance by a person (details supplied) will be made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40798/18]

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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 as a result they require that level of care.

I confirm that my department received an application for CA from the person concerned on the 27 June 2018.

As the applicant has failed to answer a number of questions relating to her means or supplied supporting documentation, the matter was referred to a local social welfare inspector (SWI) on 3 October 2018 to assess the level of care being provided, assess means and confirm that all the conditions for receipt of carer’s allowance are satisfied.

Once the SWI has reported, a decision will be made and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.