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Carer's Allowance

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 10 March 2021

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Questions (592)

Maurice Quinlivan


592. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Social Protection the expected timeframe for a decision to be made on an application for the carer’s allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12923/21]

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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.

At the end of February 2021 the average number of weeks to award new Carer's Allowance applications was 4 weeks. My Department is committed to providing a quality service to all its customers, ensuring that applications are processed and that decisions on entitlement are made as quickly as possible. Once all of the necessary information is provided, there are currently no delays in processing claims.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.