Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (634)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

634. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a person (details supplied) is eligible for carer's benefit in view of the refusal of carer's allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51676/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Carer's benefit (CARB) is a PRSI based payment, made to a person 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. It is payable for a maximum of 104 weeks for each person being cared for.

To qualify the carer must satisfy PRSI conditions, employment conditions, show that they are providing full-time care and attention and must show that the care recipient requires full-time care and attention.

I am advised that there is no application by the person concerned for Carer's Benefit registered in this Department. If the person concerned wishes to apply for Carer's Benefit she should submit a completed application form to the social welfare services office, Longford, as soon as possible, to have her eligibility assessed.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.