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Domiciliary Care Allowance - Case from 2018 Annual Report (ref:2018/03)

Question at issue: Whether the child is a qualified child

Domiciliary Care Allowance - Case from 2017 Annual Report (ref:2017/05)

Question at issue: Backdating of claim

 

Domiciliary Care Allowance - Case from 2017 Annual Report (ref: 2017/06)

Question at issue: Whether the eligibility criteria were met at an earlier date

Domiciliary Care Allowance - Case from 2016 Annual Report (ref. 2016/03)

Oral hearing Question at issue: Whether eligibility criteria continue to be met (review)

Domiciliary Care Allowance - Case from 2016 Annual Report (ref: 2016/04)

Oral hearing (Section 317) Question at issue: Whether eligibility criteria met at an earlier date

Domiciliary Care Allowance - Case from 2016 Annual Report (ref: 2016/05)

Question at issue: Whether the eligibility criteria are met

Domiciliary Care Allowance - Case from 2015 Annual Report (ref: 2015/02)

Domiciliary Care Allowance - Case from 2015 Annual Report (ref: 2015/03)

Domiciliary Care Allowance - Case Studies from Annual Report 2013 - Introduction and Index

Annual Report 2013 – Case Studies

Introduction

These case studies refer to appeals made in relation to Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA).   While they have been edited so as to anonymise personal information, the original text of the Appeals Officer’s decision is outlined.  In some cases, no decision reason is given where the appeal was allowed.  It should be noted, however, that a decision reason is now provided in all cases, following the recommendation of the DCA Review Group.

A selection of cases, across a range of ages and diagnoses is included.  The question at issue refers to the qualifying criteria outlined in social welfare legislation, as follows:

A person who has not attained the age of 16 years (in this section referred to as the ‘child’) is a qualified child for the purposes of the payment of domiciliary care allowance where—

(a) the child has a severe disability requiring continual or continuous care and attention substantially in excess of the care and attention normally required by a child of the same age,

(b) the level of disability caused by that severe disability is such that the child is likely to require full-time care and attention for at least 12 consecutive months.

Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 2005, Section 186 (C) (1)

2013/01 - Child’s age: 4 months – Summary decision

Diagnosis: Lactose Intolerance, Reflux

 

2013/02 – Child’s age: 18 months

Diagnosis: Developmental Delay

 

2013/03 – Child’s age: 2 years and 7 months

Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder

 

2013/04 – Child’s age: 3 years – Summary decision

Diagnosis: Speech and Language Delay, Developmental Delay, Hearing Impairment, Myopia, Behavioural Issues, Eczema

 

 

2013/05 – Child’s age: 4 years

Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder

2013/06 – Child’s age: 5 years

Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Heart Tumour, Asthma

2013/07 – Child’s age: 5 years

Diagnosis: Behavioural Problems

 

2013/08 – Child’s age: 5 years

Diagnosis: Asperger’s Syndrome

2013/09 – Child’s age: 6 years

Diagnosis: Emotional and behavioural problems

 

2013/10 – Child’s age: 6 years

Diagnosis: Developmental Delay (subsequently, Autistic Spectrum Disorder)

 

2013/11 – Child’s age: 7 years

Diagnosis: Asperger’s Syndrome

 

2013/12 – Child’s age: 7 years

Diagnosis: Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD)

 

2013/13 – Child’s age: 8 years

Diagnosis: Deafness

2013/14 – Child’s age: 9 years

Diagnosis: Asperger’s Syndrome

 

2013/15 – Child’s age: 10 years

Diagnosis: Dyspraxia, Language Disorder/Delay and Learning Difficulty

2013/16 – Child’s age: 11 years

Diagnosis: Tourette’s, Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD

2013/17 – Child’s age: 11 years

Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder / Asperger’s Syndrome

2013/18 – Child’s age: 11 years

Diagnosis: Asperger’s Syndrome, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADD, secondary ADHD, Dyscalculia

2013/19 – Child’s age: 12 years

Diagnosis: Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD

2013/20 – Child’s age: 12 years

Diagnosis: ADHD, Intellectual Disability, Night Terrors, Receptive/Expressive Disorder and Hyperkinetic Disorder

2013/21 – Child’s age: 14 years

Diagnosis: Nervous Debility, Learning Difficulties

2013/22 – Child’s age: 15 years

Diagnosis: Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia, Epilepsy

 

 

2013/23 – Child’s age: 15 years

Diagnosis: Learning Difficulty

 

 

 

2013/24 – Child’s age: 15 years

Diagnosis: Asperger’s Syndrome, Dyspraxia