Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (785)

John McGuinness


785. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application for a carer's allowance by a person (details supplied). [29520/19]

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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.

Once claims are in payment, the Department periodically reviews them to ensure that there is continued entitlement.

It is a condition for receipt of CA that the applicant’s means are less than the statutory limit.

Following a review of the claim, the claim was terminated as the means of the person concerned were found to be excess of the statutory limit.

The person concerned was notified on 30 April 2019 of this outcome, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

The person concerned requested a review of this decision and submitted additional evidence in support of her claim. The outcome of the review is that the original decision is confirmed.

On 28 May 2019 the person concerned was notified of this outcome and of their right of appeal.

The person concerned has appealed this decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO).  A submission in support of the decision is being prepared and will shortly be forwarded along with the file to the SWAO for determination.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.