Written answers

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Social Welfare Payments

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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282. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if an application for a carer’s benefit has been received in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24090/22]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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Carer's benefit (CARB) is a payment made to insured people who leave the workforce or reduce their working hours to care for a child or an adult in need of full-time care and attention. An increased payment can be made where full-time care is being provided to two people.

To qualify, the carer must satisfy PRSI conditions, employment conditions, show that they are providing full-time care and attention and must show that the care recipient requires full-time care and attention.

Before a decision can be made on entitlement to Carer’s Benefit (CARB), evidence must be provided in respect of the care recipient’s care requirement, the level of care the carer provides, the carer’s hours of employment and their PRSI record.

An application for CARB was received for the person concerned on the 5 May 2022. Additional information in relation to the person’s application has been requested by a deciding officer.

Once the information is received the application will be processed without delay and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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