Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon has welcomed changes to the Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) scheme which will provide an exception to the five-day residency condition to allow for the award of DCA in cases of joint custody. Deputy Scanlon first raised the need for this change last year during a topical issue debate in the Dáil.

Deputy Scanlon commented, “This will come as a relief to the constituents in the North West who brought this to my attention.

“Previously, there was uncertainty with families in receipt of DCA who have been awarded joint custody of children with a severe disability. I am delighted that the Minister has moved this statuary instrument to allow fairness toward families in these very difficult situations.

“I understand now, where there is agreement between the parents concerned, the DCA will be payable to the nominated parent.  Where there is no such agreement, the default position will be that DCA will be paid to the parent who is in receipt of child benefit in respect of the child.  

“I will be contacting the Department of Social Protection again and calling for a review of all live cases in similar circumstances,” concluded Deputy Scanlon.