Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Carer's Allowance Appeals

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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1113. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a carer's allowance appeal by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2582/20]

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.

An application for CA was received from the person concerned on 14 November 2019.

It is a condition for receipt of a CA that the person being cared for must have such disability that they require full-time care and attention.

This is defined as requiring from another person, continual supervision and frequent assistance throughout the day in connection with normal bodily functions or continual supervision in order to avoid danger to him or herself and likely to require that level of care for at least twelve months.

The evidence submitted in support of this application was examined and the deciding officer decided that this evidence did not indicate that the requirement for full-time care was satisfied for the care recipient.

The person concerned was notified on 8 January 2020 of this decision, the reasons for it and of his right of review and appeal.

According to the records of the Department, he has not exercised either right.

If the person concerned wishes to request an appeal or a review and has further evidence to support his request, this request and evidence should be submitted.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy. 


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