136. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of a carer’s allowance review in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38906/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Carer’s Allowance Applications)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): An application for Carer’s Allowance (CA) was received from the person concerned on 11 March 2016.
Carer’s allowance was awarded to the person concerned on 21 November 2016 and the first payment issued to the nominated Post Office on 1 December 2016. 
Arrears of allowance due from 17 March 2016 to 30 November 2016 will issue shortly.
The person concerned was notified of these details on 21 November 2016.
I hope this clarifies the matter for ...

137. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of a carer’s allowance review by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38908/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Carer’s Allowance Applications)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): An application for carer’s allowance (CA) was received from the person concerned on 29 March 2016.
CA is a means-tested social assistance payment, made to persons who are providing full-time care and attention to a person who has a disability such that they require that level of care.
My Department takes the view that full-time care and attention does not necessarily mean 24 hours in each day. Full-time care and attention can be considered t...

489. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of a carer’s allowance application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13374/16 asked on 31 May 2016 - Carer’s Allowance Applications)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I confirm that my department received an application for carer’s allowance from the person concerned on 29 February 2016. Some additional information in relation to the person’s application was requested by the deciding officer on 27 May 2016. Once the information is received the application will be processed and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome. I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.
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76. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied) under the carer’s allowance scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8385/16 asked on 26 Apr 2016 - Carer’s Allowance Applications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I confirm that the department received an application for carer’s allowance (CA) from the person concerned on 8 February 2016. Unfortunately, the average time taken at present to decide a new application is running at 19 weeks. Additional resources have been provided to the CA section in order to improve the waiting times for new applications and they are working hard to make this happen.
Frequently, delays are outside the contr...

3. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the reason an application under the carer’s allowance scheme by a person (details supplied) in County Louth has been refused in view of the medical evidence supplied; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7840/16 asked on 21 Apr 2016 - Carer’s Allowance Applications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I confirm that the department received an application for Carer’s Allowance (CA) from the person concerned on 4 December 2015. It is a condition for receipt of a CA that the person being cared for must have a disability whose effect is that they require full-time care and attention.
This is defined as requiring from another person, continual supervision and frequent assistance throughout the day in connection with normal bodily f...