Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Questions (490)

Tony McLoughlin

Question:

490. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a carer’s allowance review will be finalised for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48966/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Firstly I would like to offer my condolences to Ms Miskells family at this difficult time.

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.

My department received an application for carer’s allowance (CA) from the person concerned on 26 July 2018. The application was awarded to the person concerned on 16 January 2019. She was notified of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

A review was initiated on 29 August 2019. A deciding officer has requested further information in relation to the legal representative of the person concerned. Once the legal representative has been established, the deciding officer can progress the review. As soon as this information is received the matter will be dealt with promptly.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.