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Revised Carers' Allowance form launched

  • 24/07/2018
  • Author:bridgetmccall

Changes welcomed by Family Carers Ireland which was involved in the changes

Mother and daughter who has Down's Syndrome

Family Carers Ireland have welcomed the launch of a revised application form for Carer's Allowance.

The revised form was developed by the Department of Employment and Social Protection working with Family Carers Ireland and a focus group of family carers.

Changes include a new Care Report section which allows family carers to provide additional details on the type and level of care they provide as well as information about the difficulties experienced by the person they are caring for.

Comment from Family Carers Ireland

Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Carer Engagement at Family Carers Ireland, said: “Family Carers Ireland have campaigned for many years for the form to be revised, as we have always felt that it leaned unfairly in favour of those with a physical and visible disability while making it far more difficult for a carer of somebody with mental health illness or on the autism spectrum to qualify for the allowance. We would hope that the new form will provide deciding officers with the information they need to expedite rulings on entitlement, reduce waiting times to decisions and reduce the number of applications going to review and appeal.”

Ireland's carers

The majority of family carers in Ireland individually provide 45 hours and over of unpaid care to a loved one each week. The impact financially, socially or in terms of their own physical and mental health can be immense. Family Carers Ireland provides a range of supports and services for family carers through their nationwide resource centres nationwide and advocates fairness for carers.

Carer's Allowance

Carer's Allowance is a state payment for people on low incomes who are looking after a person who needs support because of age, disability or illness (including mental illness). Carers who qualify for this benefit may also be eligible for other help.  See the Citizens Ireland website: Carers Allowance information for more details.

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