Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Domiciliary Care Allowance Data

Photo of Cian O'CallaghanCian O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats)
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1298. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the average percentage of applications for domiciliary care allowance which are refused; the percentage of refusals appealed; the percentage subsequently granted based on the appeal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6979/20]

Photo of Finian McGrathFinian McGrath (Dublin Bay North, Independent)
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The last full year for which data on Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) is available is 2019.  Details of the applications processed in 2019 are listed as follows, together with the outcomes, both at initial decision stage and subsequently on appeal. 

DCA applications processed and outcomes 2019.

Year Applications

Awarded Refused Withdrawn
2019 8,784 5,886 (67%) 2,875 (33%) 23

Appeals processed 2019.

Year Appeals finalised Cancelled or Withdrawn Revised by DCA section Decided by Appeals Officer (AO) Allowed by AO Partially allowed  Not allowed by AO
2019 1,703 44 517 1,142 811 (71%) 10 

321 (28.1%)

The appeals finalised in any particular year do not generally correspond to applications refused in the same year, therefore it is not possible to provide an exact percentage of applications refused and subsequently appealed.  For example appeals processed in the first half of a calendar year can typically refer to refusals from the previous calendar year or even earlier as acceptance of late appeals is at the discretion of the Chief Appeals Officer.  

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.


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