Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (709)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

709. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53090/19]

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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 application for CA was received from the person concerned on 16 July 2019.

As the person concerned failed to supply sufficient supporting documentation with their application, this was requested from them on 16 October 2019. When the person concerned responded, she did not provide all of the requested documentation.

A deciding officer spoke with the person concerned on 22 November 2019 and again on 27 November 2019, and she confirmed that the care recipient had passed away and that she did not wish to proceed with the application. The person concerned was requested to withdraw her application in writing which she agreed to do, however no written request was forthcoming.

As my department did not receive written confirmation of the person's withdrawal of her application, a deciding officer disallowed the claim  as the information requested in order to be able to make a full decision had not been provided.

The person concerned was notified on 12 December 2019 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal. This letter also expressed our condolences to the person concerned for her loss.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.