Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Ceisteanna (587)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

587. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the eligibility for a carer's allowance in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16269/19]

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.

An increased payment can be made where full-time care is being provided to two people.

CA is currently in payment to the person concerned from 15 December 2016 in respect of her father only.

There is currently no CA in payment in respect of her mother. It is open to the person concerned to make an application for CA in respect of her.

Where all conditions for receipt of same are satisfied, CA can be paid at the appropriate increased rate in respect of the second care recipient.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.