Question to the Minister for Social Protection (Ms. Joan Burton, TD)

To ask the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide, in tabular form, the number of persons in receipt of a carer’s allowance, a carer’s benefit, a respite care grant, a domiciliary care grant, annually, for the past five years; the level of funding available for each for the past five years; the number of persons in receipt of the half rate carer’s allowance, annually, for the past five years; the terms and conditions for receipt of this allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWER on 12, May, 2015.

REPLY

The information requested by the deputy is detailed in the tabular statements.

Tabular statements

Recipients of Carer’s Allowance/Benefit, Domiciliary Care Allowance and Respite Care Grant 2010-14

Year Carer’s Allowance Carer’s Benefits Domiciliary Care Allowance Respite Care Grant
2010 50,577 1,642 23,428 75,000
2011 51,666 1,637 24,101 77,000
2012 52,209 1,638 24,699 80,000
2013 57,136 1,598 25,510 87,000
2014 59,380 1,769 27,268 86,000

 

Year Carer’s Allowance €000 Carer’s Benefits€000 Domiciliary Care Allowance €000 Respite Care Grant €000
2010 501,789 26,288 95,710 128,097
2011 507,193 24,474 99,924 130,392
2012 509,671 24,498 102,237 136,353
2013 554,801 22,443 104,272 119,945
2014 559,456 23,652 110,618 118,504

*Expenditure figures for 2014 are provisional

The terms and conditions for receipt of half rate carer’s allowance are that an applicant must meet the qualifying criteria for carer’s allowance. For example, the person that they are caring for must be so incapacitated as to require full-time care and attention and must satisfy a means test. If the person is getting certain social welfare payments (listed below) and is providing full-time care and attention to another person who requires it, they can keep their main social welfare payment and get a half-rate carer’s allowance as well.

– State Pension (Contributory) and State Pension (Contributory) Increase for a Qualified Adult

– Deserted Wife’s Benefit

– Invalidity Pension and Invalidity Pension Increase for a Qualified Adult

– Jobseeker’s Benefit Increase for a Qualified Adult

– Jobseeker’s Allowance Increase for a Qualified Adult

– Illness Benefit and Illness Benefit Increase for a Qualified Adult

– Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension

– Injury Benefit and Injury Benefit Increase for a Qualified Adult

– Death Benefit

– Health and Safety Benefit

– Maternity Benefit

– Adoptive Benefit

– State Pension (Non-Contributory) and State Pension (Non-Contributory) Increase for a Qualified Adult

– Blind Pension and Blind Pension Increase for a Qualified Adult

– Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Non-Contributory) Pension

– One-Parent Family Payment

– State Pension (Transition) and State Pension (Transition) Increase for a Qualified Adult

– Pre-Retirement Allowance and Pre-Retirement Allowance Increase for a Qualified Adult Allowance

– Disability Allowance and Disability Allowance Increase for a Qualified Adult

– Incapacity Supplement and Incapacity Supplement Increase for a Qualified Adult

– Farm Assist and Farm Assist Increase for a Qualified Adult

The following table shows the number of persons in receipt of half rate carer’s allowance from 2010 to 2014 as requested.

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
20,981 20,981 20,981 24,940 25,751