Dáil Éireann - Volume 417 - 12 March, 1992

Written Answers. - Carer's Allowance Scheme Statistics.

29. Mr. Browne (Carlow-Kilkenny) asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will outline, (a) the number of carers looking after two or more people who applied for the allowance and (b) the actual number of those who were given the full allowance.

Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. McCreevy): The carer's allowance introduced in November 1990 is a means-tested payment for persons on low incomes who are living with and providing elderly or incapacitated social welfare pensioners with full-time care and attention. From July last year, the allowance was extended to include carers of recipients of disabled person's maintenance allowance.

Only one allowance is payable per carer and, accordingly, statistics are not maintained as to the number of recipients who are caring for two or more elderly or disabled people.

[826] At week-ending 31 January 1992, a total of 9,391 applications for the carer's allowance had been received in my Department. Of those, a total of 4,232 were awarded, comprising 2,224 full rate awards and 2,008 at a reduced rate.