Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (607)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

607. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason a person (details supplied) can no longer receive the carer’s grant for their daughter; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25064/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Carer’s Support Grant is an annual payment made to full-time carers.

A person in receipt of Domiciliary Care Allowance automatically receives the Grant on the 1st Thursday in June. When entitlement to Domiciliary Care Allowance ceases, a person may qualify for the ‘stand-alone’ Carer’s Support Grant, if he/she meets certain conditions.

An application form and information on the qualifying conditions for receipt of the 2019 ‘stand-alone’ Grant was sent to the person concerned on 13th June 2019.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection provides a range of income supports to family carers who provide full-time care and attention to another person. These supports include the Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit, Domiciliary Care Allowance and Carer’s Support Grant schemes. Carers may also, subject to certain criteria, qualify for the Household Benefits Package and/or the Free Travel Scheme.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.