Applications for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) are currently taking approximately 10 weeks to process, with 94% of applications finalised during May completed within this timeframe. The departmental standard for DCA is to have 90% of claims finalised within 10 weeks and this standard has been met consistently over recent months. There are currently some 1,200 applications on hand to be processed, with claims received in late April and early May being deal with at present.
Over 8,500 DCA applications were finalised in 2018.
I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.