DEPUTY John McGuinness facilitated an information briefing in the Dail recently on issues affecting families in receipt of the Domiciliary Care Allowance, in particular the increase in the number of families having their payments reviewed and subsequently withdrawn.
For carers who are in receipt of a Carers Allowance in respect of a child, this causes the automatic cessation of their Carers Allowance. The information briefing involved three family carers from Carlow who have recently had their Domiciliary Care Allowance payments cut. They outlined the high levels of care that each of their children require and Catherine Cox, Communications Manager with The Carers Association highlighted the unfair nature of the current review process. The Carers Association and the families involved are seeking the support of Oireachtas members in having this review process overhauled. In attendance at the briefing were family carers Helen Fahey, Lorraine Ryan, Aimee Doogue and Area Manager for Kilkenny and Carlow Pat Grogan.