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Social Welfare Payments

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 March 2022

Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Ceisteanna (532)

Michael Healy-Rae

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532. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11648/22]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) is payable in respect of children with a severe disability who require care and attention substantially in excess of that required by children of a similar age without their disability, providing this additional care is likely to last for at least 12 months. 

An application for DCA was received from the person concerned on the 23rd July 2021.  The application was not allowed as the child was not considered to satisfy the qualifying conditions for the allowance.  A letter issued on the 3rd December 2021 setting out the decision of the deciding officer to refuse the allowance.

An appeal was registered by the Social Welfare Appeals Office on the 23rd December 2021 and received in the Department's Domiciliary Care Allowance Section on the 31st December 2021.  As part of the appeals process, the  application was re-examined by a deciding officer and the person concerned was notified on the 27th January 2022 that the review was not successful.  An appeal submission will be prepared and forwarded to the independent Social Welfare Appeals Office for the consideration by  an Appeals Officer.  The Social Welfare Appeals Office will contact her directly about the outcome of the appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.  

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