1490. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will address a clerical error made in respect of a carer’s allowance application granted on appeal to a person (details supplied) in view of the fact the carer’s allowance applications were made in respect of two persons and payment only issued in respect of one person; if she will ensure that the person receives their full rate of payment in respect of the two persons they are caring for and issue the full arrears owed in this case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35212/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): An application for carer’s allowance (CA) was received from the person concerned on 27 April 2016 in respect of two care recipients.

As a result of an appeals officer’s revised decision, CA was awarded to the person concerned on 26 June 2017 with effect from 28 April 2016. However, in error it was awarded in respect of one care recipient only.

When the error was realised, CA was awarded in respect of both care recipients on 18 July 2017. Both awards take effect from 28 April 2016.

A CA payment at the correct rate will issue to the person concerned at their nominated post office on 27 July 2017, and every week thereafter. Arrears for the period from 28 April 2016 to 26 July 2017 has issued by cheque.

The person concerned was notified on 18 July 2017 of this decision. A letter will also issue to the person concerned, apologising for any inconvenience or distress caused by this error.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.