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Written Answers - Domiciliary Care Allowance

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 308.  Deputy Patrick O’Donovan Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  the position regard[413]ing domiciliary care allowance (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24132/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton Customers who have their entitlement to domiciliary care allowance (DCA) reviewed are asked to provide relevant up-to-date medical evidence and details of the additional care needs of their child within 60 days. The information provided by the parent/guardian for review is assessed by a medical assessor and a decision is made based on the medical opinion they provide.

Where payment is stopped as a result of a review, the parent or guardian is invited to submit any further information they may wish to have considered and that information is further examined by a Medical Assessor. Alternatively, they may appeal the decision directly to the Social Welfare Appeals Office.

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