Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Ceisteanna (1331)

Michael Healy-Rae


1331. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for a carer's allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14155/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

An application for carer's allowance (CA) was received from the person concerned on 9 October 2018.

It is a condition for receipt of a 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 16 January 2019 of this decision, the reason for it and of their right of review and appeal.

My department were notified on 5 February 2019 that the person concerned had appealed this decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO). A submission in support of the decision was prepared and forwarded along with the file on 22 March 2019 to the SWAO for determination.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.