Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Ceisteanna (567)

Brendan Griffin


567. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Social Protection if an application for a carer’s allowance will be processed for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45075/20]

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.

An application for CA was received from the person concerned on 30 October 2020.

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 (DO) decided that this evidence did not indicate that the requirement for full-time care was satisfied in respect of the care recipient.

The person concerned was notified on 17 November 2020 of this decision, the reason for it and of his right of review and appeal.

The person concerned requested a review of this decision on 16 December 2020 and provided further supporting medical evidence to support his review. The additional medical evidence has been examined by a DO and CA has been awarded to the person concerned from 5 November 2020.

The first payment will issue to his nominated bank account on 14 January 2021. Arrears due from 5 November 2020 to 13 January 2021 will also issue on the same date.

The person concerned was notified on 6 January 2021 of this outcome and of his right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.