30 May 2016

86,000 due to receive Carer’s Support Grant this week

86,000 due to receive Carer’s Support Grant this week

Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that 86,000 carers are due to receive the Carer’s Support Grant later this week, Thursday June 2nd, and those who are not automatically eligible to apply.

She said “The grant is paid automatically to some carers but I am urging all carers who qualify to apply for the grant, there is still time to make an application.”

“The Carer’s Support Grant has been restored to its previous level of €1,700. This is an important grant which is paid automatically to carers who are already in receipt of schemes like the Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit and Domiciliary Care Allowance,” Fitzgerald said.

“Other full-time carers who are not eligible for these schemes can also apply for the Grant, and I would advise them to make an application as soon as possible. Carers who provide full-time care for more than one person may also be entitled to €1,700 for each person that they are caring for.

"The payment, previously known as the Respite Care Grant, had been reduced by €325 during the economic crisis. However, I am very pleased that we have been able to restore it to its previous level of €1,700.”

The grant is an annual payment available to all carers providing full-time care and attention to an older person or a child or adult with a disability, regardless of their means or PRSI contributions. The annual Carer’s Support Grant is paid in respect of each care recipient to take account of the additional cost of providing respite care for one or more recipients of care. 

“The Government is very aware of the vital service provided by carers across Lucan, Clondalkin, Rathcoole, Newcastle, Saggart, Brittas and Palmerstown. The Department of Social Protection provides funding to support training for carers and in the last two years, over €900,000 has been provided to 16 groups, including €300,000 to Family Carers Ireland. 

“This year €500,000 is being made available again, through the Dormant Accounts Fund, for programmes to help home carers with the transition at the end of their caring role.  These programmes will be administered by Pobal and guidelines are currently being finalised for the application process,” concluded Fitzgerald.