Tuesday 16 July 2019

Over 3000 Louth carers eligible for grants

Up to 3,109 carers in Louth will benefit from the Carer's Support Grant from today, according to Louth Councillor, John McGahon.

'The Carer's Support Grant is worth €1,700 and is available to all carers providing full-time care to an older person or a person with a disability, regardless of their means or social insurance contributions.

'Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, TD, has confirmed that up to 3,109 carers in Louth will benefit from this grant.'

"Furthermore, carers who are providing care for two or more people will receive a grant in respect of each person being cared for, to take account of the additional costs and challenges of providing care to more than one person."

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.

Cllr. McGahon continued: 'Carers do such valuable work and are a huge benefit to our society. I urge carers in Louth to apply for the Carer's Support Grant to make life a little easier. It is not means-tested and is assessed on the level of care being provided by the carer. The closing date for receipt of applications for the 2019 Grant is 31 December next year (31 December 2020).'

Drogheda Independent