Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (586)

Willie O'Dea


586. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision will be made in a carer's allowance review in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16227/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

An application for carer's allowance (CA) was received from the person concerned on 9 October 2018.  It is a condition for receipt of a CA that the person being cared for must have such a 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.

The evidence submitted in support of this application was examined and it was decided that it did not indicate that the requirement for full-time care was satisfied.  The person concerned was notified on 12 January 2019 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

The person concerned requested a review and submitted additional evidence in support of same. 

The outcome of the review is that the application was awarded to the person concerned on 3 April 2019, with effect from 11 October 2018. The first payment will issue to her nominated post office on 11 April 2019.

Arrears of allowance due from 11 October 2018 to 3 April 2019 will also issue on 11 April 2019.

The person concerned was notified on 3 April 2019 of this revised decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.