Written answers

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Benefits

9:00 pm

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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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]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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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 receivedApplications processed in yearApplications allowed*Applications disallowed
2009 (from 1st April)3,3892,8231,220 (43%)1,603
20105,4575,3332,576 (48%)2,757
20115,5255,3962,502 (46%)2,894

* Includes cases initially disallowed but allowed on review by the deciding officer following receipt of additional information from the applicant.

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