Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1101)

Eamon Scanlon

Question:

1101. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a carer's allowance application by a person (details supplied). [45252/19]

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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 application for CA was received from the person concerned on 24 April 2019.

Additional information in relation to the person’s application was requested by a deciding officer on 16 July 2019 and again on 9 August 2019.

It is a condition for receipt of a 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 likely to require that level of care for at least twelve months.

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.

The person concerned was notified on 30 October of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.