Written answers

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Department of Health and Children

Health Service Allowances

8:00 pm

Photo of Willie PenroseWillie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour)
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Question 636: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if she will confirm having received correspondence from the Department of Social and Family Affairs in relation to a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; if she will take steps to ensure that this person will have 11 or 12 months of the respite care grant awarded to them; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39432/09]

Photo of John MoloneyJohn Moloney (Minister of State, Department of Education and Science; Minister of State, Department of Health and Children; Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Minister of State, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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In accordance with the governing circular the Respite Care Grant paid by the Health Service Executive was paid to those who were in receipt of the Domiciliary Care Allowance on the first Thursday in June 2009.

There is no provision for pro rata payment of the Respite Care Grant. Accordingly, the person named by the Deputy is not eligible to receive a Respite Care Grant.

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