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Social Welfare Appeals

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (427)

Willie O'Dea


427. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection when a decision will issue to a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [61195/21]

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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 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 the application was examined and the deciding officer decided that this evidence did not indicate that the requirement for full-time care was satisfied.

The person concerned was notified on 9 March 2021 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

The person concerned requested a review of this decision, submitting additional evidence in support. Following this and subsequent appeal the decision remained unchanged.

The person concerned requested an additional review and submitted further medical evidence on 17th November 2021.

Additional information was requested from the person concerned on 9 December 2021.

Once this information is received the application will be processed without delay and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.