Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (328)

Michael Healy-Rae


328. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application for a carer's benefit by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12460/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Carer's Benefit (CARB) is a PRSI based payment made to a person who leaves the workforce to care for a child or an adult in need of full-time care and attention.

An increased payment can be made where full-time care is being provided to two people.

Applications for carer’s benefit were received from the person concerned on 14 November 2018 in respect of two care recipients.

The applications were awarded to the person concerned with effect from 8 November 2018 in respect of both of her care recipients when her carer’s leave commenced. The first payment issued to her nominated bank account on 31 January 2019.

Arrears of benefit due from 8 November 2018 to 30 January 2019 have also issued on 31 January 2019.

The person concerned was notified on 28 January 2019 of these decisions, the reasons for them and of her right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy