Thursday, 17 December 2020
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
420. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision will be made on a carer's allowance review for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44185/20]
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 20 October 2020.
Following a request for further information, the evidence submitted in support of this application was examined. The Deciding Officer (DO) decided to disallow the application for CA on grounds that the person concerned was taking part in a Community Employment (CE) Scheme. Section 247 of the Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act 2005, as amended, prohibits a person engaged in a CE Scheme from claiming Carer’s Allowance.
The person concerned was notified on 16 November 2020 of this decision, the reason for it and of his right of review and appeal.
A review was requested on 27 November 2020. Additional evidence was submitted, including a letter of cessation from the CE Scheme provider. On examination of this evidence, CA was awarded to the person concerned from 3 December 2020.
The first payment will issue to his nominated bank account on 17 December 2020. Arrears of allowance due from 3 December 2020 to 16 December 2020 will also issue on 17 December 2020.
The person concerned was notified on 14 December 2020 of this decision, the reason for it and of his right of appeal.
I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.