Written answers

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Benefits Eligibility

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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228. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if persons (details supplied) in County Cork will be approved for a disability allowance and a carer's allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37967/15]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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The second-named person has been awarded a disability allowance payment with effect from 11 February 2015. First payment was on 28 October 2015 and arrears due issued by cheque on 22 October 2015.

I confirm that the department received an application for Carer’s Allowance (CA) from the first-named person on 19 March 2015. This application for CA has been disallowed as a deciding officer has decided that the person being cared for does not require full-time care and attention as set out in CA legislation.

Full-time care and attention is defined as requiring continual supervision and frequent assistance throughout the day in connection with normal bodily functions or continuous supervision in order to avoid danger to him or herself and likely to require that level of care for at least twelve months.

The first-named person was notified on 21 October 2015 of this decision, the reason for it and of their right of review and appeal.

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