Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (551)

Michael Healy-Rae


551. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a carer's allowance application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21307/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

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 person who has such a disability that they require that level of care.

My department received an application for CA from the person concerned on 25 September 2017.

The evidence submitted in support of this application was examined and the deciding officer decided that although a certain level of care was being provided the level involved did not amount to full-time care.

The person concerned was notified on 25 January 2018 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal. A review of this decision was sought on 23 February 2018. The outcome of the review is that the original decision remains unchanged.

The person concerned was notified on 7 March 2018 of the outcome and of her right of appeal.

The person concerned appealed this decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO). A submission in support of the decision has been forwarded along with the file on 10 May 2018 to the SWAO for determination.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.