The Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys has doubled the period of time for which Domiciliary Care Allowance and Carer’s Allowance are paid for children hospitalised. From June, the supports will be paid for 26 weeks, as opposed to the previous 13-week period, to the parents or guardians of children under 16 who are hospitalised for up to six months.

The measure was negotiated by Minister Humphreys as part of Budget 2022.

Mayo Fine Gael deputy Alan Dillon has welcomed the announcement saying that when a child is hospitalised, it can be an extremely difficult time for that child and their family. Doubling the period of time in which both Domiciliary Care Allowance and Carer’s Allowance are paid will be very welcomed by families affected.

Deputy Dillon has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the change…

 

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