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DCA - Domiciliary Care Allowance

Who is entitled to it?

This is a payment made to a young person, under 16, with a disability, who has care needs beyond what is expected for their age. 

How to apply?

Pick up or print an application form (here). Fill in parts 1-5, parts 6 and 7 need to be filled in by your GP or another specialist. Along with your form include all reports, letters of appointments, and you may want to include additional information like a daily diary or family impact statement. 


Rates: 

€309.50/month. This is not a means tested payment. 


Additional information:

This will probably be the hardest form you will ever fill out. It takes some parents months to do because it requires you to highlight all the struggles your child has and how it effects the lives of other family members. It is hard to focus on the negatives but just remember that this money is to help you to afford therapies, resources and equipment for your child. 

There is a dedicated Facebook group DCA Warriors who help people to fill out these forms. Any questions or information you need is in that group.



ICTC - Incapacitated Child Tax Credit 

Who is entitled to it?

This is a payment made to a parent or guardian of a child who is permanently incapacitated. The child must be (a) under 18 or (b) over 18 but unable to support themselves. The payment is based on the expectation that the child would be unable to earn a living to support themselves, if they were over 18. 


How to apply?

You must fill in Form 1 and Form 2 needs to be filled in by your child’s GP. You can also apply online through MyAccount on the revenue.ie website but all paperwork should be kept in your files for 6 years. You may be asked to present or post these at any time. 


Rates:

The tax credit is €3300/year. You can claim back up to the last four years. Back payment figure will depend on the amount of tax paid, with the max amount awarded €3300 per year. 


Additional information:

This tax credit can be split between two working parents or 100% claimed by a one parent (regardless of marital status) so it is worth doing the maths to see which option suits your family best based on the tax paid by each, eg; one parent may be paying more tax and could therefore claim back the full €3300 for past years compared to splitting it 50/50 where one parent paid considerably less tax.

When filling out the form it is worth remembering that Autism is present from birth although it may not be diagnosed until later in life. Make sure you tick the ‘from birth’ box on Form 1. Also, the question ‘is anyone else maintaining this child’ related to where you are receiving a maintenance payment from another parent/guardian. If you are not receiving a financial payment from another parent or guardian then you tick ‘no’ for this question.



Carers Allowance

Who is entitled to it?

This payment is made to someone who is providing support to a person because of age, illness or disability. The person cannot be working more than 18.5 hours per week, and must satisfy other requirements like distance from person they’re caring for, amount of hours spent providing care, etc. 


How to apply?

Fill in the Carers Allowance application form (CR1). If you are already in receipt of DCA then you do not need a medical professional to complete a medical report.


Rates:

This is a means tested payment. The amount paid will depend on the individuals circumstances. Below is a table from the citizens advice website that can give you an idea on how to calculate the payment for your circumstances.


Additional information:

It is recommended you apply for Carers Allowance within 6 months of being granted DCA. After the 6 months have passed they will not backdate your payment to your DCA application date. 

If you qualify for Carers Allowance you are also eligible for a Free Travel Pass (automatically issued) and Household Benefits Package (application form), if you live with the person you’re caring for.

This is a taxable income and you should inform the revenue once granted.



Carers Benefit

Who is entitled?

This is a payment made to a person who had to take leave from work in order to provide care to someone. You can claim Carers Benefit for a period of 104 weeks (consecutive or split). The person must also meet other requirements - 8 weeks employment within the last 26 weeks, PRSI contributions,etc.

You can work reduced hours, up to 18.5 per week, and still receive Carers Benefit. It is not a means tested payment, however you can not earn over €332.50 a week, after tax.


How to apply?

Print the Carers Benefit application form, and ideally send it about 10 weeks before you’re due to leave employment as processing times can vary. Your employer will need to fill in Part 4. If the child you are caring for is in receipt of DCA then you do not need a medical professional to complete Part 10.


Rates:

The maximum weekly rate is €220 (not including dependants). You are also eligble for a GP visit card.


Addition information:

This is a taxable income and you should inform the revenue once granted.



Carers Support Grant

Who is entitled?

The grant is automatically paid to people in receipt of DCA, Carers Allowance and Carers Benefit. You can apply for the grant if you are providing care for somebody for at least a 6 month period, and meet the other qualifying limits.


How to apply?

If you are in receipt of DCA, CA or CB you do not need to apply. Otherwise, you can fill in the application form and send it to the relevant office.


Rates:

A once off payment of €1700 paid in June.


Addition Information:

This is not a taxable payment. You will receive a payment for each person you care for.

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