Thursday, 30 May 2019

Questions (146)

Joe Carey

Question:

146. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a means review will be carried out in relation to carer's allowance for a person (details supplied) in view of the fact that this request was made in October 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23107/19]

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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 19 June 2014 as her husband had been claiming an increase for a qualified adult on his jobseeker's allowance in respect of her. On 22 October 2018 she requested a re-assessment of her CA entitlement as her husband is now self-employed and ceased to claim jobseeker's allowance.

As his means from employment may affect that entitlement, a full means re-assessment is being carried out and the matter was referred to a local social welfare inspector (SWI) on 11 February 2019 to assess the level of care being provided, assess means and confirm that all the conditions for receipt of carer’s allowance 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.