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Carer's Support Grant

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 10 March 2021

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Questions (593)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

593. 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 support grant; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12924/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Carer’s Support Grant (CSG) is paid automatically to people in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance. Other people who are not in receipt of a social welfare payment but who are providing full time care and attention are also eligible and can apply for the grant. The payment is made regardless of the carer's means but is subject to certain conditions, one of which is that the period of full-time care and attention must last for at least six months. This period of care must include the first Thursday in June.

There are currently no delays in processing Carer's Support Grant applications. Once the necessary information is provided by the claimant a decision will be made on an application for the carer’s support grant without delay. 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.

The 2021 Carer's Support Grant is payable on the 3rd June. Applications for the 2021 Carer's Support Grant can be submitted from the week of 5th April 2021 to the 31st December 2022.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.

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