Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Questions (228)

Michael Healy-Rae


228. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a domiciliary carer's allowance for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46868/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

An application for Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) was received from the person concerned on the 5th March 2019.  The application was not allowed as it was considered that the child did not meet the eligibility for the allowance. A letter issued on the 1st May 2019 outlining the decision of the deciding officer to refuse the allowance.

In the case of an application which is refused, the applicant may submit additional information and ask to have the decision reviewed/and or they may appeal the decision directly to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. The options available were advised in the decision letter.

Currently there is no record of either a review request or appeal request having been received in this case.

There are no time restrictions when requesting a review from this department.  However,  the Social Welfare Appeals Office operate a 21 day limit for the registration of new appeals and an oral hearing can only be granted by that office.

 I trust this clarifies  the matter for the Deputy.