Fine Gael TD for Meath East, and Minister of State at the Department of An Taoiseach, Regina Doherty, has today urged carers to apply for the support grant, if not automatically eligible, which is due to be paid at the end of this week.
The Meath East TD said “this morning the Minister for Social Protection advised that over 86,000 carers are due to receive their support grant by the end of this week. This grant is automatically paid to some carers; however, I would urge anyone eligible who has not yet made an application, to do so as soon as possible in order to as soon as possible, there is still time.
“I know many carers in Meath will welcome the full restoration of the carers grant to its previous level of €1,700, following cuts to the grant during the economic crisis, which is paid to carers who are already in receipt of schemes such as Carers Allowance, Carers Benefit and Domiciliary Care Allowance.
“Other full-time carers, who are not in receipt of these schemes, can also apply for the support grant, which was formally known as the Respite Care Grant. 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.”
Continuing, Doherty said “the Government is very aware of the vital service provided by carers. 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. The estimated expenditure on the Carer’s Support Grant this year is €157.6 million.”
Concluding, Minister Doherty said “I would urge anyone who is currently working in the capacity of a carer to consider applying for this grant before the scheme closes for the year in the coming days. There is still time to make an application, and I would invite anyone in need of assistance in making their application to contact my office on 01 8257204.”