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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 15 September 2021

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Questions (463)

Michael McNamara


463. Deputy Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Social Protection when a decision will issue on a carer’s allowance review application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43270/21]

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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.

It is a condition for receipt of a CA that the person being cared for must have such disability that they require full-time care and attention.

This is defined as requiring from another person, continual supervision and frequent assistance throughout the day in connection with normal bodily functions or continual supervision in order to avoid danger to him or herself and likely to require that level of care for at least twelve months.

The evidence submitted in support of both applications was examined and the deciding officer decided that the evidence did not indicate that the requirement for full-time care was satisfied.

The person concerned was notified of these decisions, the reason for them and of her right of review and appeal.

The person concerned requested a review, submitting additional evidence in support.

CA was awarded in respect of her father 7 September 2021 with effect from 27 May 2021. The first payment will issue 23 September 2021. Arrears due will issue shortly.

The evidence submitted in respect of her mother was examined and the original decision remains unchanged.

The person concerned was notified 7 September 2021 of these decisions, the reason for them and of her right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.