Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1899)

Seán Haughey


1899. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if outstanding arrears due to a person (details supplied) will issue with regard to carer's allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36785/19]

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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.

A person can be considered to be providing full-time care and attention where they are engaged in employment, self-employment or on training courses outside the home for a maximum of 15 hours per week provided that they can show to the satisfaction of a deciding officer that adequate care has been provided for the care recipient in their absence.

An application for CA was received from the person concerned on 28 September 2017.

The evidence before the deciding officer showed that the person concerned was engaged in employment outside the home in excess of 15 hours per week.

Accordingly, the person concerned was notified on 20 October 2018 that he was not entitled to CA, the reason for it and of his right of review and appeal.

The person concerned requested an appeal of this decision and submitted additional evidence to show that he was not working in excess of 15 hours per week.

Following this appeal the person concerned was awarded CA on 16 July 2019, with effect from 28 September 2017 and the first payment issued to his nominated bank account on 25 July 2019.

I can confirm that arrears of CA due from 28 September 2017 to 24 July 2019, will issue to the nominated bank account of the person concerned on 12 September 2019.

The person concerned was notified of this on 5 September 2019.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.