Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (506)

Kieran O'Donnell


506. Deputy Kieran O'Donnell asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will address a matter regarding the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6934/21]

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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 confirm that my department received an application for CA from the person concerned on 26 November 2020.

The application was referred to a local social welfare inspector (SWI) on 30 November 2020.

It is a condition for receipt of CA that every claimant furnish such certificates, documents, information and evidence as may be required for the purposes of deciding the claim. The person concerned failed to provide information that was required to determine if her means were below the statutory limit. Consequently, it was decided the person concerned was not entitled to CA.

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

The evidence submitted in support of this application was examined and the Deciding Officer (DO) decided this evidence did not indicate that requirement for full-time care was satisfied.

The person concerned was notified on 7 January 2021 of these decisions, the reasons for them and of her right of review and appeal.

A review was requested on 4 February 2021 with further medical evidence and care diary provided.

Once the review is complete the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.