Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Social Protection
Social Welfare Benefits
Michael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
Question 315: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the percentage of first-time applications for domiciliary care allowance that were approved in each of the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. [7790/12]
Joan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
The Department has been accepting new claims for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) since 1st April 2009. Statistics relating to the allowance for the period prior to April 2009 are a matter for the HSE, the previous administrators of the scheme.
The number of applicants for DCA allowed on initial application by the deciding officer in each of the last 3 years is as follows:
. Domiciliary Care Allowance applications – 2009 to 2011
|Applications received||Applications processed in year||Applications allowed*||Applications disallowed|
|2009 (from 1st April)||3,389||2,823||1,220 (43%)||1,603|
* Includes cases initially disallowed but allowed on review by the deciding officer following receipt of additional information from the applicant.