Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1244)

Eugene Murphy

Question:

1244. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a review of a carer’s allowance application by a person (details supplied) which has been marked for review since December 2018 but is still awaiting review will be expedited; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12909/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The person concerned has been in receipt of carer’s allowance (CA) for her son since 25 August 2005.

My department received a second application for CA in respect of her sister on the 31 January 2018.

The application was referred to a local social welfare inspector (SWI) to assess the level of care being provided, assess means and confirm that all the conditions for receipt of carer’s allowance are satisfied.

It is a condition for receipt of CA that every claimant shall furnish such certificates, documents, information and evidence as may be required for the purposes of deciding the claim.  The person concerned failed to provide the SWI with information that was required to determine if her means were below the statutory limit.

As the requested information was not supplied it was decided that the person concerned was not entitled to CA.

The person concerned was notified on 23 November 2018 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

The person concerned requested a review of this decision. A request for additional information issued on 13 March 2019 in respect of documentation required in order to establish her means.

Once the required information has been received and a decision made, the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.