Carers Allowance Increases By €200

The Respite Care Grant is increasing from €1,500 to €1,700 a year from today, Social Affairs Minister Mary Hanafin announced.

Over 48,000 carers will receive benefit from the funding.

The grant is available to full-time carers who look after an elderly or disabled person.

"I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that the work of carers is recognised and acknowledged by practical support measures, such as the Respite Care Grant," said Ms Hanafin.

"A break from caring is one of the greatest needs identified by family carers. By increasing the Respite Care Grant to €1,700, we are providing a significant contribution to enable carers to get a much deserved break which can benefit them as well as their family members."


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