Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (575)

Tom Neville

Question:

575. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a review of a carer's allowance application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49946/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Carer's Allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance payment, made to persons who are providing full-time care and attention to a person who has a disability such that they require that level of care.

It is a condition for receipt of a CA that the person being cared for must have such a disability that as a result 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.

An application for carer's allowance (CA) was received from the person concerned on 26 March 2019.

The evidence submitted in support of this application was examined and the deciding officer decided that although a certain level of care was being provided, the level involved did not amount to full-time care. It was also decided that the evidence did not show the requirement for full time care and attention.

The person concerned was notified on 11 June 2019 of this decision, the reasons for it and of her right of review and appeal.

The person concerned requested a review of this decision. Following this review the decision remained unchanged. The person concerned was notified of this decision on 23 September 2019.

The person concerned requested an additional review and submitted additional evidence in support of her application. The outcome of this review is that full time care and attention is being provided. However the person concerned does not qualify for CA because the evidence does not indicate a requirement for full time care and attention. On 28 November 2019 the person concerned was notified of this outcome and of her right of appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.