Written answers

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Carer's Allowance Payments

Photo of Martin HeydonMartin Heydon (Kildare South, Fine Gael)
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600. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a means review of a carer's allowance payment will be expedited for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16534/19]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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Carer's allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance payment made to a person who is habitually resident in the State and who is providing full-time care and attention to a child or an adult who has such a disability that as a result they require that level of care.

If a person is in receipt of another social welfare payment in their own right (other than unemployment payments or supplementary welfare allowance) or being claimed as a qualified adult on their spouse/partner's payment, a half-rate carer's allowance can be paid too as long as all the normal conditions for receipt of CA are satisfied.

The person concerned was in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance as a qualified adult on her spouses claim up to 11 August 2018. As a result CA was paid to her at half-rate. 

As a result of the cessation of her Jobseekers Allowance as a qualified adult, it has been decided that the person concerned is entitled to full rate CA from 16 August 2018.

Arrears of allowance due from 16 August 2018 to 10 April 2019 will issue to her nominated bank account on 11 August 2019.

The person concerned was notified on 4 April 2019 of this outcome and of her right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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