Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (574)

Peter Fitzpatrick

Question:

574. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a person (details supplied) will receive a response regarding the reassessment of their carer's allowance. [16442/19]

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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.

If a person is in receipt of another social welfare payment in their own right (other than unemployment payments or supplementary welfare allowance) or being claimed as a qualified adult on their spouse/partner's payment, a half-rate carer's allowance may also be payable as long as all the normal conditions for receipt of CA are satisfied.

The person concerned was in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance (JA) as a qualified adult on her spouse's claim up to 27 June 2017. As a result CA was paid to her at half-rate. 

Following the cessation of her spouse's JA claim it has been decided that the person concerned is entitled to full rate CA from 29 June 2017.

Arrears for the period 29 June 2017 to 10 April 2019 will issue shortly.

The person concerned was notified on 4 April 2019 of this outcome and of her right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.