1224. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision will be made in respect of a carer’s benefit application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46190/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): An application for carer’s benefit was received from the person concerned on 12 September 2017.

The application was awarded to the person concerned with effect from 12 October 2017 when her carer’s leave commenced. The first payment will issue to her nominated bank account on 9 November 2017.

Arrears of benefit due from 12 October 2017 to 8 November 2017 will also issue to her bank on 9 November 2017.

The person concerned was notified on 31 October 2017 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.