Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Questions (236)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

236. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the weekly rate of payment for those in receipt of the half-rate carer's allowance in each of the years 2007 to 2014, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24499/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Carer's allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance 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.

If a person is in receipt of another social welfare payment in their own right (other than unemployment payments or supplementary welfare allowance) or being claimed as a qualified adult on their spouse/partner's payment, a half-rate carer's allowance can be paid too as long as all the normal conditions for receipt of CA are satisfied.

These conditions require that the applicant is habitually resident in the State, must be providing full-time care and attention to a person who has such a disability that they require full-time care and attention and their means must be below the statutory limit.

Depending on the applicants means half rate CA is paid on a sliding scale as is full rate CA.

Year

Half Rate

2007

€100

2008

€107

2009

€110.25

2010

€106

2011

€102

2012

€102

2013

€102

2014

€102

The current rate in payment is €107.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.