Some good news for our families, the Grant for 2021 has increased from €1,700 (2020 payment) to €1,850 and will be paid on Thursday 3rd of June. This payment is tax-free, similar to Domiciliary Care Allowance, but unlike Carers Allowance and Carers Benefit which are both taxable sources of income.

If you are caring for more than one person, you are entitled to a payment for each person you are caring for.

Automatically Enrolled

If you are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance then you will automatically be enrolled for this grant.

Who Else Can Claim?

Over the years, I have come across many families who are entitled to this payment but were unaware. The majority of time parents lose out on this payment is when their child transitions from Domiciliary Care Allowance to Disability Allowance. However, if one of the parents provides full-time care and is not working outside of the home for more than 18.5-hrs per week then they may still be entitled to this non means-tested payment.

Because the payment isn’t automatically granted, parents need to complete the application form CSG 1 in respect of each person you are caring for. Once granted then the Department will send you a letter and a short 2-page questionnaire in April of each year. You must return the completed questionnaire as it will be used to assess your claim for that year.

It is not too late if you just missed out on June payment. You can apply for the grant at any time until 31 December 2021.

For more information, you can contact Citizens Information Centre www.citizensinformation.ie or click here to download the form CSG 1