Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Ceisteanna (755)

Tom Neville


755. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a carer's allowance application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29247/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Carer's benefit (CARB) is a PRSI based payment, made to a person 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.

It is payable for a maximum of 104 weeks for each person being cared for. This may be claimed as a single continuous period or in any number of separate periods up to a total of 104 weeks. While a person is receiving benefit for a set period and will have used less than 104 weeks at the end of that period, they can seek to have their current period of entitlement extended on request.  As part of the request they must submit evidence to show that they will be remaining out of employment during the extended period, except where the regulations otherwise allow.

They may also need to submit evidence to show that their care recipient will require full-time care and attention for the duration of the expended period. CARB was awarded for a period 5 July 2018 to 3 July 2019. Upon expiry of the claim on 3 July 2019 the person concerned made a further application to extend her period of benefit. CARB was awarded for an extended period 22 August 2019 to 19 August 2019. The person concerned was notified on 4 July 2019 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.