Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (651)

Peter Burke


651. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason a person (details supplied) is not in receipt of a full carer's payment. [27828/19]

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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 is currently in receipt of CA since 11 April 2013 in respect of one care recipient. Her current weekly basic rate of payment is €156.50 plus and increase for one qualified child under 12 years of age of €17.00 totalling €173.50 per week.

Full basic rate CA for a claimant under 66 years of age is currently €219.00 per week. The person concerned was initially assessed with means of €67.85 in 2013 which was derived from her spouse’s income.

Once a CA claim is in payment, a person can at any stage request a review of their claim where they consider there is a change in their circumstances, including a change to their means, which could affect their rate of entitlement.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.