Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (938)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

938. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a domiciliary care allowance will be awarded in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31456/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

There is no record of a recent domiciliary care allowance (DCA) application having been received from the person concerned. The latest application in respect of this child was received on 11th December 2013. This application was not allowed as the child was not considered to satisfy the qualifying conditions for the allowance. A letter issued on the 10th March 2014 setting out the decision of the deciding officer.

This decision was subsequently upheld by an Appeals Officer and a decision letter issued on the 16th September 2014 setting out the basis of their decision. A review of the decision was requested on the 23rd July 2015 and the person concerned was notified on the 29th October 2015 that the review had been completed but the original decision remained unchanged.

A further appeal was registered by the Social Welfare Appeals Office on the 16th November 2015. As part of the appeals process the application was again reviewed by a deciding officer and the person concerned was notified on the 10th February 2016 that the review was unsuccessful. The decision was subsequently upheld by the Social Welfare Appeals Office on the 20th May 2016.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.