Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Questions (597)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

597. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a person (details supplied) qualifies for a disability allowance on cessation of domiciliary care allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4941/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The qualifying conditions for disability allowance (DA) are very different to domiciliary care allowance. To qualify for a DA payment a person must be substantially restricted in undertaking suitable employment, be aged between 16 and 65, satisfy a means test and habitually resident in the State.

It is not the case that any person is automatically entitled to DA because a domiciliary care allowance payment was being made in respect of them when they were under 16 years of age.

A completed application form for disability allowance must be submitted to the Department in order to have eligibility checked and a formal decision made on entitlement. To date no application for disability allowance has been received from the person concerned.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.