Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1345)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

1345. 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. [14210/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Carer's allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance payment made to a person who is habitually resident in the State and who is providing full-time care and attention to a child or an adult who has such a disability that as a result they require that level of care.

As the person concerned was in receipt of illness benefit (IB) Carer's allowance at half rate was awarded on 27 November 2018 with effect from 21 June 2018. The first payment issued to her nominated bank account on 6 December 2018.

Arrears of allowance due from to 21 June 2018 also issued on 6 December 2018. The person concerned was notified of these details on 27 November 2018.

Their carer's allowance entitlement increased from half rate to full rate with effect from 20 December 2018 as their illness benefit ceased at that time.

The person concerned was notified of the increase in rate on 5 February 2019.

Arrears of payment from 20 December 2018 to 13 February 2019 issued to the person concerned on 14 February 2019.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.