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. Two carers who are providing care on a part-time basis in an established pattern can also share a single CA payment and the annual Carer's Support Grant (CSG). Each carer must be providing care from Monday to Sunday but can do so on alternate weeks. All other qualifying conditions for CA must also be met.
An application for CA was received from the person concerned on 5 February 2019 which stated that she was sharing care for the care recipient every second week.
The application was referred to a local social welfare inspector (SWI) on 17 June 2019 to assess the level of care being provided, assess means and confirm that all the conditions for receipt of carer’s allowance are satisfied.
As full-rate CA was already paid to the second carer, the person concerned was contacted by telephone to explain that an overpayment would arise for the original carer, if CA was awarded from date of application. It was proposed to award CA from a current date, which the person concerned accepted. CA was awarded on 13 September 2019 with effect from 19 September 2019. The first payment will issue to her nominated bank account on 19 September 2019.
I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.