Thursday, 20 June 2019

Questions (195)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

195. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason carer’s allowance was refused to a person (details supplied); if the decision is being reviewed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25882/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

My Department received an application for carer’s allowance (CA) from the person concerned on 10 September 2018. The application was referred to a local social welfare inspector (SWI) to assess the level of care being provided, assess means and confirm that all the conditions for receipt of carer’s allowance are satisfied.

It is a condition for receipt of CA that every claimant shall furnish such certificates, documents, information and evidence as may be required for the purposes of deciding the claim. The person concerned failed to provide the SWI with information that was required to determine if her means were below the statutory limit.

The outstanding information requested by the SWI was 3 months financial statements for all financial accounts held including a Credit Union account.

As the requested information was not supplied it was decided that the person concerned was not entitled to CA.

The person concerned was notified on 22 May 2019 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

To date no request for a review or an appeal has been received by my Department from the person concerned.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.