Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (183)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

183. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of a carer’s allowance application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26096/20]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

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.

I can confirm that my department received an application for CA from the person concerned on 27 July 2020.

To qualify for CA, the Carer must show that they are habitually resident in the State, that they are providing full-time care and attention to a person who requires this level of care and that their means are less than the statutory limit.

Additional information in relation to the person’s application was requested by a Deciding Officer on 13 August 2020. On receipt of correspondence regarding the information request, a letter from the hospital confirming admittance and discharge dates was requested from the person concerned on 26 August 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 position for the Deputy.