Thursday, 29 April 2021

Questions (84)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

84. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason a carer’s allowance was not backdated for a person (details supplied); if the issue of arrears will be addressed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22506/21]

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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 in respect of her mother on 5 January 2021 and her father on 2 March 2021. Both applications were awarded.  

On 19 March 2021 the person concerned requested the date of award in respect of her parents be backdated to 12 November 2020.  

Following a review of the date of award, the person concerned was awarded CA from 12 November 2020 in respect of both care recipients. Arrears of allowance due issued to the person concerned on 22 April 2021.  

The person concerned was notified on 15 April 2021 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.  

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.