Thursday, 28 March 2019

Questions (197)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

197. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the progress to date in the determination of eligibility for a carer's allowance in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14530/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

An application for carer's allowance (CA) was received from the person concerned on 9 August 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 7 November 2018 of this decision, the reason for it and of his right of review and appeal.

The person concerned requested a review of this decision on 18 December 2018 and submitted additional evidence in support of his application.

The outcome of the review is that the original decision is confirmed. On 1 March 2019 the person concerned was notified of this outcome and of his right of appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.