Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (585)

Michael Healy-Rae


585. 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. [38664/20]

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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.

An application for CA was received from the person concerned on 13 July 2020.

It is a condition for receipt of a CA that the person being cared for must have such disability that they require full-time care and attention.

This is defined as requiring from another person, continual supervision and frequent assistance throughout the day in connection with normal bodily functions or continual supervision in order to avoid danger to him or herself and being likely to require that level of care for at least twelve months.

The evidence submitted in support of this application was examined and the deciding officer decided that this evidence did not indicate that the requirement for full-time care was satisfied in respect of the care recipient.

The person concerned was notified on 29 July 2020 of this decision, the reason for it and of his right of review and appeal.

The person concerned requested a review of this decision and provided further supporting medical evidence to support her review. Following the review, the decision in relation to the medical remained unchanged.

The person concerned was notified on 16 September 2020 of this decision and the reason for it.

My department was notified on 14 September 2020 that the person concerned had appealed this decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO). A submission in support of the decision was forwarded to the SWAO on 17 September 2020.

As a result of an appeals officer’s decision, CA was awarded to the person concerned on 2 November 2020 with effect from 16 July 2020. The first payment issued to her nominated bank account on 5 November 2020.

Arrears for the period 16 July 2020 to 4 November 2020 issued to the person concerned on 5 November 2020.

The person concerned was notified of the outcome on 2 November 2020.

I trust this clarifies the position for the Deputy.