Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Ceisteanna (159)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

159. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the progress to date in the determining of eligibility for domiciliary care allowance; the number of cases refused; the number overturned on appeal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39017/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

In the 8 months to end of August 2019, a total of 6063 applications for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) were received. In addition 1280 applications were on hand at 1st January 2019.

At 1st September a total of 6217 applications had been processed, with 4174 approved, 16 withdrawn and 2027 not approved.

Average processing time for DCA applications to date in 2019 was 9.56 weeks, with a departmental processing time target of 10 weeks.

Of the 506 DCA appeals finalised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office up to the end June 2019, 352 were allowed, 7 partially allowed and 147 not allowed.

I hope that clarifies the matter for the Deputy.