Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Ceisteanna (245)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

245. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the resumption of full payment in the case of a person (details supplied) will be expedited; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1914/19]

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 child or an adult who has such a disability that as a result they require that level of care.

The person concerned has been in receipt of a half-rate CA since 1 March 2018 as her husband has been claiming an increase for a qualified adult for her on his jobseeker's benefit.

On 23 October 2018 she requested a review of her CA entitlement as her husband has returned to work and has ceased claiming jobseeker's benefit.

The outcome of the review is that the person concerned has been awarded full rate CA with effect from 4 October 2018.

Arrears of allowance from 4 October 2018 to 16 January 2019 will issue shortly.

The person concerned was notified on 12 January 2019 of this outcome, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.