Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (574)

Tom Neville

Question:

574. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a carer's allowance application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49930/19]

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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 increased payment can be made where full-time care is being provided to two people.

Two applications for CA were received from the person concerned, the first was received on 10 June 2019 and the was received second on 6 August 2019 in respect of two different care recipients.

Additional information in relation to the person’s application was requested by a deciding officer on 16 October 2019.

The first application was awarded to the person concerned on 25 November 2019. This was awarded with effect from 24 October 2019 due to the care recipient being in hospital until 22 October 2019. The first payment will issue to her nominated bank account on 5 December 2019.

Arrears of allowance due from 24 October to 4 December 2019 will issue shortly.

The person concerned was notified on 25 November 2019 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

Further medical evidence was received from the person concerned in relation to the second application on 25 November 2019.

This has been referred to the medical accessor and once they have reported, a decision will be made without delay and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.