Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Willie O’Dea TD has welcomed the changes announced to the Domiciliary Care Allowance. The change enables parents who are sharing in the care of their disabled child but living apart to qualify for the scheme.

Commenting Deputy O’Dea said “I raised this issue with Minister Doherty during the passage of the Social Welfare Bill and I put forward an amendment to address the issue whereby parents living apart and caring for a disabled child did not qualify for Domiciliary Care Allowance as neither parent resided with the child for the required five days a week.

“I am pleased that the Minister has taken my proposal on board and has addressed this anomaly. Going forward the Allowance will be paid to the parent nominated in writing by both parents or where no such nomination occurs, to the parent who is in receipt of Child Benefit in respect of the child concerned. This is a positive step forward for parents in such circumstances.

“It is vital that the social welfare system hinders rather than helps people. Fianna Fáil will continue to advocate for improvements and it is evident that several other reforms are required to improve the operation of a number of other payments but this is a welcome development and a step in the right direction,” concluded O’Dea.