Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (517)

Niamh Smyth


517. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Social Protection if a review will be expedited in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7259/21]

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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.

An application for CA was received from the person concerned on 4 September 2020.

The evidence was examined by a Deciding Officer (DO) and the application in relation to the first care recipient was awarded on 12 November 2020.

An information request issued to on 12 November 2020 requesting a letter from the hospital to confirm date of discharge for the second care recipient. As no response was received the person’s application was disallowed on 7 December 2020.

A request for review of this decision was received on 12 January 2021 along with the information previously requested .

On review CA has been awarded with effect from 17 September 2020, the first Thursday after the second care recipient was discharged. The first payment will issue on 11 February 2021. Arrears due will also issue.

The person concerned was notified on 5 February 2021 of this outcome and of his right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.