Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1403)

Brendan Howlin

Question:

1403. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for a review of the decision not to grant them carer's benefit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18588/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Carers 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 a condition for receipt of CARB that the applicant must have been working at least 16 hours per week, or 32 weeks per fortnight in 8 weeks out of the 26 weeks before the claim is due to commence.

As the person concerned was only working 15 hours per week, she does not satisfy this condition and her application was disallowed.

The person concerned was notified on 13 February 2019 of this decision, the reason for it and of their right of review and appeal.

According to the records of the Department, she has not exercised either right.

However on foot of this parliamentary question the file has been sent for review.  If the person concerned has further evidence to support her request for a review, it should be submitted now.

Once the review is completed, the person will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.