Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1339)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

1339. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a carer's allowance application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14199/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Carer's Allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance payment, made to persons who are providing full-time care and attention to a person who has such a disability that they require that level of care.

An application for CA was received from the person concerned on 28 June 2018. This application was disallowed as their weekly means were found to exceed the statutory limit.

The person concerned was notified on 27 November 2018 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

My Department was notified on 24 January 2019 that the person concerned had appealed this decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO). A submission in support of the decision in this case is being prepared and will shortly be forwarded along with the file to the SWAO for determination.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.