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.
Domiciliary care allowance (DCA) is a monthly payment for a child aged less than 16 years of age, with a severe disability, who requires ongoing care and attention, substantially over and above the care and attention usually required by a child of the same age. It is not means tested.
CA can only be paid in respect of children aged less than 16 years where domiciliary care allowance (DCA) is being paid in respect of the child.
I confirm that my department received an application for CA and DCA from the person concerned on the 24 April 2018.
DCA applications received in early March 2018 are currently being finalised. This application will be considered by a deciding officer and the decision notified to her as soon as possible.
Once a decision is made on the entitlement to DCA, a deciding officer can proceed to examine the entitlement to CA. Once processed, the person concerned will be notified of the outcome.
I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.