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‘Scandalous’ 19 week wait for Carers Allowance applications – Brady

4 May, 2018 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that the waiting time for processing Carer’s Allowance applications has increased to a scandalous 19 week period. 

Receiving the waiting time through a Parliamentary Question this week, Teachta Brady said: 

“In December of last year, the waiting time for the process of Carer’s Allowance was 17 weeks. In response to this, Minister Doherty assured the Dáil that staff were being re-assigned within the section to work on processing claims. The Minister stated that this move would improve processing times in the coming weeks.

“As of the end of March, waiting times for Carer’s Allowance stood at 19 weeks. The Minister’s actions to address this so far have clearly not worked. In fact, the waiting time is now worse.

“Family Carer’s Ireland estimate that Carers save the State €4 billion annually. They look after the most vulnerable citizens in our society. Yet, if someone gives up their job to care for a loved one, they will be left without an income for up to 19 weeks. This is totally unacceptable. 

“I am calling on Minister Doherty to take immediate action to reduce this waiting time.   No Carer providing such a service to the State should be left waiting up to 5 months for a payment.” 

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