Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1404)

Brendan Howlin

Question:

1404. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application for a review of the rate of carer's allowance for 2018 by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18601/19]

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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.

The person concerned has been in receipt of a reduced rate of CA since 27 February 2014 due to her spouse’s earnings.

On 4 March 2019 the person concerned requested a re-assessment of her CA entitlement due to a reduction in her spouse’s earnings for 2018.

The outcome of the re-assessment is that the person concerned has been awarded a higher rate of CA with effect from 3 January 2019 and her first payment at the higher rate will issue from 25 April 2019. Arrears for the period 3 January 2019 to 24 April 2019 have issued.

The person concerned was notified on 18 April 2019 of this outcome and of her right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.