Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (332)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

332. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if an application for a carer's allowance by a person (details supplied) will be expedited; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12467/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The person concerned is in receipt of carer’s allowance (CA) for one care recipient since 5 May 2016.

An application for CA in respect of a 2nd care recipient was received on 15 May 2018.

It is a condition for receipt of a CA that the person being cared for must have such disability that 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.

The evidence submitted in support of the application was examined and the deciding officer decided that this evidence did not indicate that the requirement for full-time care was satisfied.

The person concerned was notified on 24 September 2018 of the decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

The department was notified on 23 November 2018 that the person concerned had appealed this decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO). A submission in support of the decision along with the file was sent to the SWAO on 8 March 2019 for determination.

Once a decision is made on the appeal, the SWAO will notify the person concerned of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.