Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (517)

Paul Kehoe


517. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a carer's allowance application by a person (details supplied); when a decision will issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51623/18]

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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.

An application for CA was received from the person concerned on 20 February 2018.

It is a condition for receipt of CA are 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.

It is a further condition that the carer must provide this level of care. 

In addition, every applicant for a social welfare payment is required to furnish a deciding officer with such certificates, documents, information and evidence as may be required for the purpose of deciding a claim.  

The person concerned did not provide documents that were requested in relation to her means and her employment.  In addition it was decided that she was not providing full-time care and attention and that the person being cared for did not require full-time care attention.  Therefore her application for CA was disallowed.

The person concerned was notified on 26 July 2018 of this decision, the reasons for it and of her right of review and appeal. The person concerned has requested a review of this decision. 

The review is currently being processed and once complete, the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.