Social Welfare Appeal G0067

Year: 2015

Type of Social Welfare: Carer’s Allowance

Deciding Body: Appeals Officer

This case relates to the Appellant’s Carer’s Allowance (CA) claim in respect of his daughter for whom he cares.

The Appellant had been in receipt of Carer’s Allowance and Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) in respect of his daughter until 5 November 2013. At this time, the Appellant’s daughter reached aged 16, and therefore, the Appellant could no longer claim DCA in respect of his daughter. She subsequently applied for, and was awarded, Disability Allowance.

When the DCA payment ceased, the Appellant’s eligibility for Carer’s Allowance was reviewed.  A Deciding Officer determined that the Appellant’s daughter did not require full time care and attention and consequently the Appellant was found to be no longer entitled to Carer’s Allowance. The Appellant appealed this decision.  The Appeal was disallowed by an Appeals Officer on 20 June 2014. The decision was made on a summary basis; that is, without an oral hearing.

The Appellant subsequently sought a review of the Appeals Officer’s decision under Sections 317 and 318 of the Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act 2005 (as amended). The Appeals Officer revised his decision and the appeal was allowed on 10 April 2015.