Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (573)

Brendan Griffin

Ceist:

573. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Social Protection if a carer’s allowance payment will be reinstated for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27009/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

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.

I can confirm that the person concerned was in receipt of CA in respect of his spouse from 19 November 1998 to 9 September 2020.

A Carers Benefit (CARB) application was received to care for both the person concerned and the CA care recipient of the person concerned.  A medical report was also submitted with this application which was signed by the person concerned confirming that he requires full time care. On foot of this application for CARB, a review of the CA payment was instigated.

A letter issued to the person concerned on 1 September 2020 to advise that his CA payment was under review, the reason for it and the information available to the Deciding Officer (DO).  The person concerned was offered the opportunity to furnish any statement of evidence on the matter within 7 days of the date of this correspondence.  To date no response has been received.

On 15 September 2020 the CA payment was stopped. The person concerned was notified on the same date of this decision, the reason for it and of his right of review and appeal.

To date no request for review or appeal has been received from the person concerned.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.