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Irish Carer's CA Stopped ... From A Desk Top ?

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:48 am
by Chris From The Gulag
Interesting Irish report picked up from Wendy's Chill4us site :

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-a ... -1.3197381
Mother awarded €10,000 in carer’s allowance arrears.

Government had stopped paying woman for her son’s care after desk-based case review
A mother looking after her teenage son, who had mental health issues, was awarded more than €10,000 in arrears for carer’s allowance after challenging a decision made to stop paying it.

The Department of Social Protection had stopped the allowance to the woman in June 2016 on the basis she did not qualify for it because her son no longer needed full-time care and attention. The decision was made following a desk-based medical assessor’s report, written without visiting the woman’s home to assess her son’s needs.

It was challenged with the help of the Community Law and Mediation centre in Coolock, north Dublin, whose work includes providing free legal advice and representation.

The teenager had complex problems including mental health, learning and behavioural difficulties. He had been diagnosed with depression and was threatening self-harm, which required continual supervision by his mother.

Medical evidence provided by the woman showed her son’s ability to care for himself was extremely low and he would require “ongoing support in life”. His school was also struggling to cope with his difficulties.

Community Law and Mediation assisted the woman in her appeal and an oral hearing was held in the case. Her solicitor argued the report from the Department of Social Protection’s medical assessor was of limited evidential value because it was a desk-based assessment only. It was also flawed because it did not take account of the mental health difficulties of the teenager.

In his decision, recently issued, the appeals officer said he had considered the medical and oral hearing evidence and concluded the boy’s care needs met the requirements set out in legislation.

Seems almost too incompetent to be true ... but it is !

Anyone suffered a similar refusal / stoppage withot a visit / examination by the Powers to Be ?