Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (631)

Niamh Smyth


631. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason a person (details supplied) is waiting on a decision on a carer's allowance application; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21804/19]

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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.

Means are any income belonging to the carer and their spouse, civil partner, or cohabitant, property, (except their own home) or an asset that could bring in money or provide them with an income, for example occupational pensions, or pensions or benefits from another country. 

An application for CA was received from the person concerned on 17 January 2019.

As the applicant is self –employed hairdresser, the matter was referred to a local social welfare inspector (SWI) on 11 March 2019 to assess all means and hours employed per week, and confirm that all the conditions for receipt of CA are satisfied.

Once the SWI has reported, a decision will be made and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.