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Carer's Allowance

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 23 June 2020

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Questions (842)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

842. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision will be made on a carer’s allowance application by a person (details supplied) in County Galway; the reason for the delay in making a decision on the application; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12314/20]

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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.

Means are any income belonging to the carer and their spouse, civil partner, or cohabitant, property, (except their own home) or an asset that could bring in money or provide them with an income, for example occupational pensions, or pensions or benefits from another country.

I confirm that my Department received an application for carer’s allowance (CA) from the person concerned on 25 February 2020.

The file was referred to a local social welfare inspector (SWI) on 6 March 2020 to assess the level of care being provided, assess means and confirm that all the conditions for receipt of carer’s allowance are satisfied.

On foot of the SWI's report, additional information in relation to hospital admission and discharge dates was requested by a deciding officer on 11 June 2020.

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.

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