Carers in Laois are among 110,000 people who will receive the Carer's Support Grant today.
The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty said the annual grant of €1,700 is available to all carers providing full-time care to an older person or a person with disability, regardless of their means or social insurance contributions.
The grant is paid in respect of each person being cared for to take account of the additional cost of providing care to more than one person and to recognise the particular challenges faced by these carers. Some 6,000 carers who are providing care for two or more people will therefore receive a grant in respect of each person they are caring for.
The Carer’s Support Grant is paid automatically to carers who are receiving Carer’s Allowance (whether full rate or half rate), Carer’s Benefit, or Domiciliary Care Allowance. Other full-time carers who are not receiving any of these payments may also apply for the Carer’s Support Grant.
Application forms along with full details on the grant are available at all of the Department’s Intreo Centres and on the Department’s website here.
The estimated expenditure on the Carer’s Support Grant this year is in excess of €207 million for an estimated total of over 122,000 grants.
“I urge these carers to apply for this grant. It is not means-tested and is assessed on the level of care being provided by the carer,” said Minister Doherty.
The Minister added that in recent years the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has also been providing funding, as part of the Dormant Accounts Action Plans, to support training for carers