Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Questions (272)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

272. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a decision on carer's benefit for a person (details supplied) will be expedited in view of the fact that further medical evidence has been submitted; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14348/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Carer's benefit (CARB) is a PRSI based 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. It is payable for a maximum of 104 weeks for each person being cared for.

An application for carer's benefit (CARB) was received from the person concerned on 24 December 2018.

CARB was awarded for a period 13 September 2018 to 13 March 2019 following discharge of the care recipient from hospital.

Upon expiry of the claim the person concerned requested an extension of his claim and submitted additional information in support of same.

The request is currently being considered by a Deciding Officer of my Department and once complete, the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.