Written answers

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Social Welfare Payments

Photo of Robert TroyRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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81. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a carer’s allowance payment will be awarded to a person (details supplied) following an appeal. [48597/21]

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.

I confirm that my Department received an application for CA from the person concerned on 2 July 2020 in respect of both parents.

The evidence submitted in support of these applications was examined and the Deciding Officer (DO) decided this evidence did not indicate that requirement for full-time care was satisfied for both care recipients.

The person concerned also failed to provide financial information as requested

Two reviews were requested by the person concerned. He also appealed the decisions of 3 March 2021 to the Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO)

Following these reviews, the full-time care condition was determined to be satisfied in respect of the person’s father only. However, the decisions of 3 March 2021 remained unchanged as the person concerned did not disclose all financial information.

Following appeal, the original decision in respect of the person’s mother was upheld. However the AO awarded CA in respect of the person's father with effect from 2 July 2020. This decision was implemented on 14 September 2021, with the first payment issuing to his nominated post office on 16 September 2021.

Arrears for the period 2 July 2020 to 15 September 2021 issued on 14 September 2021 via cheque.

The person concerned was notified of this outcome on 14 September 2021.

I hope this clarifies the position.


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