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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 1 July 2021

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Questions (175)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

175. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Social Protection the take-up of the enhanced carer’s support grant for 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35342/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

As part of Budget 2021 measures, the Carer’s Support Grant (CSG) was increased to €1,850 from €1,700.

In June 2021, almost 117,700 carers received a grant automatically, which represents an increase of 3,700 compared to 114,000 grants paid in June 2020.

Some 12,200 carers who are providing care for two or more people received a grant in respect of each person they are caring for, compared to 11,280 in 2020.

The Carers support grant remains open for applications so it would be expected that further grants will issue over the coming months. For example, just over 116,800 CSG grants issued in total for 2020 up the end of December 2020.

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