Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Questions (1141)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

1141. 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. [45821/18]

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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 25 September 2017.

The evidence submitted in support of this application was examined and the deciding officer decided that although a certain level of care was being provided the level involved did not amount to full-time care.

The person concerned was notified on 25 January 2018 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

A review of this decision was sought on 23 February 2018. The outcome of the review is that the original decision remains unchanged.

The person concerned was notified on 7 March 2018 of the outcome and of her right of appeal.

The person concerned appealed this decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO). A submission in support of the decision was forwarded along with the file on 10 May 2018 to the SWAO for determination.

As a result of an appeals officer’s decision CA was awarded to the person concerned on 1 November with effect from 15 March 2018. The first payment will issue to her nominated bank account on 8 November 2018.

Arrears for the period 15 March 2018 to 7 November 2018 will also issue to the person concerned on 8 November 2018.

The person concerned was notified of the outcome on 1 November 2018.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.