As of 2019 there were as many as 8.8 million adult carers in the UK. They are unsung heroes and need a helping hand. At the end of December 2018 the average waiting time for a decision on a new carer's allowance claim was 17 weeks.

“Figures I’ve compiled show that nearly half of applications over the last three years have not been successful.

Cookies on oireachtas.ieWe use cookies to ensure our website works well. The latter could be done by a review under the carers' strategy. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Any change to qualifying criteria would have to be considered in the context of the issues just outlined and also in an overall budgetary context. “For years Family Carer’s Ireland, and other support groups have been calling for a change to the conditions attached to the payment. 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