Written answers

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Carer's Benefit Applications

Photo of Marc MacSharryMarc MacSharry (Sligo-Leitrim, Fianna Fail)
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815. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a person (details supplied) in County Sligo will receive a decision on their application for an extension to carer's benefit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29878/19]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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Carer’s benefit (CARB) is a payment made to insured people who leave the workforce to care for a person(s) in need of full-time care and attention.

A person can be considered to be providing full-time care and attention where they are engaged in employment, self-employment or on training courses outside the home for a maximum of 15 hours per week, provided that they can show to the satisfaction of a deciding officer that adequate care has been provided for the care recipient in their absence.

CARB was awarded for a period 21 March 2019 to 3 July 2019.  The person concerned has made a further application to extend her period of benefit. 

In order to process some additional information was requested from the person concerned on 4 July 2019 in relation to leave periods from her employment with the HSE.

Once the information is received the application will be processed without delay and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.


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