Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (787)

Michael Healy-Rae


787. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a carer's allowance application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29607/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Carer's Allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance payment, made to persons who are providing full-time care and attention to a person who has such a disability that they require that level of care.

An application for CA was received from the person concerned on 28 June 2018. This application was disallowed as their weekly means were found to exceed the statutory limit.

The person concerned was notified on 27 November 2018 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

The person concerned appealed this decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO).  The outcome of the appeal is that the original decision was upheld and the appeal was disallowed. The appeal’s office decision is final in this matter and can only be reviewed in light of new evidence or facts not previously considered.

It is always open to the person concerned to re-apply for the scheme if her means decrease in the future. The person concerned may also wish to consider making an application for the stand alone Carer’s Support Grant and Homemakers Scheme.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.