Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1800)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

1800. 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. [35149/19]

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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.

It is a condition for receipt of CA that the person being cared for must have such disability that they require full-time care and attention.

This is defined as requiring from another person, continual supervision and frequent assistance throughout the day in connection with normal bodily functions or continual supervision in order to avoid danger to him or herself and is likely to require that level of care for at least twelve months.

My department received an application for CA from the person concerned on 6 February 2019.

The evidence submitted in support of this application was examined and the deciding officer decided that this evidence did not indicate that the requirement for full-time care was satisfied in respect of the care recipient.

The person concerned was notified on 16 May 2019 of this decision, the reasons for it and of his right of review and appeal.

The person concerned requested a review of this decision and submitted further medical evidence in support of his application on 10 July 2019.

This additional information is currently under consideration by a deciding officer of my Department.

Once the review is complete, the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.