Payment of Respite Care Grant welcomed

Payment of the annual Respite Care Grant of €1,700 has been welcomed by an Edenderry Town Councillor.

Payment of the annual Respite Care Grant of €1,700 has been welcomed by an Edenderry Town Councillor.

Cllr Declan Leddin said the Respite Care Grant is paid to carers providing full-time care and attention to an older person or a person with a disability, regardless of their means or social insurance contributions. Approximately 77,000 carers will benefit from the grant in 2012; the majority of these carers will get the grant this week.

The Government is providing over €132 million for the Respite Care Grant which is paid to full-time carers in the first week in June each year. It helps carers to get some respite for themselves or for the person for whom they are caring. This year the amount of the grant is unchanged at €1,700 in respect of each care recipient.

The grant is paid automatically to carers in receipt of schemes, such as Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit and Domiciliary Care Allowance. Other full time carers who are not eligible for these schemes may apply separately for the grant which is not means tested.

“I welcome the Government’s commitment to people in our society. Carers, who commit to providing necessary care for relatives and do so selflessly. In a period of economic uncertainty it is to Minister Burton’s credit that this payment is being maintained at current levels. In an ideal economic environment this payment would be even greater. Carers who are providing full-time care for more than one person may be entitled to €1,700 in respect of each person that they are caring for. A person giving full-time care to two people with disabilities may be entitled to €3,400,” said Cllr Leddin.