Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (599)

Pearse Doherty


599. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason for the delay in processing a carer’s allowance application by a person (details supplied); when a decision will be expected; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51228/19]

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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.

The person concerned is in receipt of CA for one care recipient since 24 October 2016.

My department received an application for CA for a 2nd care recipient on 5 July 2019. Additional information in relation to the means of the person and their spouse was requested by a deciding officer on 5 December 2019.

Once the information is received the application will be processed without delay and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.