Written answers

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Social Welfare Benefits

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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263. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 878 of 15 June 2021, when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive a decision on their carer’s allowance. [38813/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, 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.

Where a person in receipt of full-rate CA has a qualified child they are entitled to claim an IQC at the following rates:

- Full-rate IQC is paid with CA where the applicant is parenting alone

- Half-rate IQC is paid with CA if the applicant has a spouse, civil partner or cohabitant.

The person concerned is currently in receipt of full rate CA. According to the Department's records, the person concerned was married and living with her spouse. Therefore, IQCs were paid at half rate in respect of three qualified children.

Correspondence dated 24 May 2021 was received containing an affidavit confirming that the person concerned is separated and parenting alone.

A review of her claim commenced on receipt of this information. 

The outcome of the review is that the person concerned has been awarded full rate IQC with effect from 24 September 2020.

Arrears of allowance from 24 September 2020 to 7 July 2021 issued to her nominated bank account on 8 July 2021.

The person concerned was notified of this outcome and of her right of review and/or appeal.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.


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