Thursday, 21 November 2019

Ceisteanna (244)

Michael Healy-Rae


244. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a carer's allowance for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48362/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

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.

An application for carer’s allowance (CA) from the person concerned on 23 July 2019, in respect of two care recipients.

In the case of the first care recipient, the application was awarded to the person concerned on 19 November 2019 and the first payment will issue to his nominated Post Office on 5 December 2019.

Arrears of allowance due from 25 July 2019 to 4 December 2019 will issue shortly.

In the case of the second care recipient, it is a condition for receipt of a CA that the person being cared for must have such disability that they require full-time care and attention.

This is defined as requiring from another person, continual supervision and frequent assistance throughout the day in connection with normal bodily functions or continual supervision in order to avoid danger to him or herself and likely to require that level of care for at least twelve months.

The evidence submitted in support of this application was examined and the deciding officer concluded that the evidence did not indicate the requirement for full-time care was satisfied for the second care recipient.

The person concerned was notified on 19 November 2019 of these decisions, the reasons for them and of his right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.