Thursday, 7 February 2019

Ceisteanna (254)

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

254. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a carer's allowance payment for the 12-week period after the death of the carer will issue to a person (details supplied); if the matter will be expedited; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6181/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Firstly may I take this opportunity to extend my condolences to the spouse and the family of the person concerned on their recent bereavement.

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.

Where a care recipient dies, there is a continued payment of carer's allowance for 12 weeks after the death. However, where the carer dies there is no continuing entitlement to payment and the claim is closed. Therefore, there is no provision for an after death payment to the spouse of the person concerned in this instance.

However, he may have an entitlement to a Widower's Contributory Pension and I have arranged for an application form to issue to him.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.