Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (777)

Tom Neville

Question:

777. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application for a carer's allowance by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29373/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

An application for carer’s allowance (CA) was receive from the person concerned on 2 October 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.

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 1 May 2019 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

The person concerned requested a review of this decision. The outcome of the review is that the person concerned has been awarded CA with effect from 4 October 2018. First payment will issue on 18 July 2019.

Arrears of allowance from 4 October 2018 to 17 July 2019 will also issue shortly.

The person concerned was notified on 8 July 2019 of this outcome, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.