Thursday, 11 April 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Michael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail)
There is an unacceptable delay for people applying for carer's allowance and many families are making decisions in regard to care of a loved one who is elderly or who needs care within the family. They are applying for carer's allowance and they may be reducing their work or perhaps taking leave from work. They are now waiting 12, 14 and even 16 weeks for a decision on carer's allowance, which is unacceptable. In a short period, I have seen many families affected by this issue. We have to keep hounding the Government until we get a commitment from the Minister to ensure there is a reduction in the waiting time and that adequate resources are given to carer's allowance to make sure these applications are processed in a orderly and fast way. It is a very serious issue and I am going to continue to raise it until I get some traction from Government.