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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (309)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

309. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) will be allowed to undertake employment for two extra hours per week on the understanding that their caree would be under their supervision at all times; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53887/21]

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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.

A person can be considered to be providing full-time care and attention where they are engaged in employment, self-employment or on training courses for a maximum of 18.5 hours per week, provided that they can show to the satisfaction of a deciding officer that adequate care is being provided for the care recipient in their absence.

If the person concerned exceeds the maximum of 18.5 hours per week, they will no longer have an entitlement to CA.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.

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