Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Ceisteanna (811)

Michael Healy-Rae


811. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a carer's allowance payment for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29856/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Firstly, may I offer my condolences to the person and his family on the loss of a loved one.

The carer’s support grant (CSG) is an annual payment for carers who look after a person in need of full-time care and attention. The payment is made regardless of the carer's means but is subject to the same caring conditions as carer’s allowance (CA).

CA recipients automatically qualify for the Carer's Support Grant, an annual payment of €1,700, which is not means-tested or taxed, on the first Thursday in June each year where they have an entitlement to CA.

The person concerned was in receipt of CA for his mother up until 24 April 2019. This included the 12 weeks after the death of the person he was caring for. As the person concerned was not in payment on the first Thursday in June this year there is no entitlement to the 2019 CSG grant.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.