Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Questions (159)

Bernard Durkan


159. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the progress to date in the determining of eligibility for domiciliary care allowance; the number of cases refused; the number overturned on appeal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39017/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

In the 8 months to end of August 2019, a total of 6063 applications for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) were received. In addition 1280 applications were on hand at 1st January 2019.

At 1st September a total of 6217 applications had been processed, with 4174 approved, 16 withdrawn and 2027 not approved.

Average processing time for DCA applications to date in 2019 was 9.56 weeks, with a departmental processing time target of 10 weeks.

Of the 506 DCA appeals finalised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office up to the end June 2019, 352 were allowed, 7 partially allowed and 147 not allowed.

I hope that clarifies the matter for the Deputy.