Thursday, 9 May 2019

Questions (160)

Michael Healy-Rae


160. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20208/19]

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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 half-rate CA since 04 October 2012 as her husband has been claiming an increase for a qualified adult on his farm assist payment in respect of her. On 24 January 2019 she requested a re-assessment of her CA entitlement as her husband has returned to work and ceased to claim farm assist.

As his means from employment may affect that entitlement, a full means re-assessment was carried out.

The outcome of the re-assessment is that the person concerned has been awarded full rate CA with effect from 11 April 2019.

The person concerned was notified on 2 April 2019 of this outcome, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.