Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1799)

Michael Healy-Rae


1799. 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. [35146/19]

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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.

An increased payment can be made where full-time care is being provided to two people.

The person concerned is in receipt of CA for one care recipient since 26 June 2008.

My department received an application for CA for a 2nd care recipient on 13 September 2018.

A natural justice letter was sent to the person concerned on 5 November 2018 in relation to their hours of employment.

Additional information was requested by a deciding officer on 11 May 2019.

A further information request in relation to the person’s application was sent by a deciding officer on 20 August 2019.

Once the information is received the application will be processed without delay and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.