Written answers

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Department of Social Protection

Carer's Allowance Applications

Photo of Finian McGrathFinian McGrath (Dublin North Central, Independent)
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71. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will support a matter (details supplied) regarding a carer's allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46638/15]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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There is no application for carer’s allowance (CA) from the person concerned which is currently awaiting a decision on eligibility.

The person concerned applied for CA on 11 November 2013. This application was refused on the grounds that the disability of the care recipient was not such that there was a requirement for full-time care and attention as prescribed in regulations and also that the applicant was working outside the home for more than 15 hours per week and was not providing full-time care and attention.

The person concerned was notified on 25 January 2014 of this decision, the reasons for it and of her right of review and appeal.

The person concerned appealed this decision and the case was submitted to the Social Welfare Appeals Office for determination. An appeals officer (AO), having fully considered all of the available evidence, disallowed the appeal.

The person concerned was notified on the 28 November 2014 of the AO’s decision and the reasons for it.

Under Social Welfare legislation, the decision of an AO is final and conclusive and may only be reviewed in the light of relevant additional evidence or new facts. It is open to the person concerned to submit a new application for CA so that her current eligibility may be determined.

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