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# Carer's Allowance

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Relaxed threshold for means-tested Carer's Allowance to take effect today
Opinion: The health service will collapse if the exploitation of Ireland's carers isn't addressed
Catherine Cox
Carers will be able to visit a GP for free from next year
'Utterly appalling': Anger expressed at waiting times for carer's allowance claims
Waiting times for social welfare payments vary from one week to 40 weeks
'Completely unacceptable': 21-week wait for carer's allowance claims to be processed
'Sometimes, I see fear in his eyes. I constantly reassure him but reassurance only lasts seconds.'
Dorothy Mooney
The number of people receiving a carer's allowance has increased by 40%
Opinion: Being ill is hard – having to fight for every basic human right is much, much harder
Corina Duyn
At least 60% of domiciliary care allowance applications refused
Respite care grant cut by over €300 in budget
Hundreds waiting over a year to appeal refused disability allowance
Carers using respite grant to pay bills, rather than for actual respite
Readers' Panel: Full-time carer
Readers' Panel: What are you expecting from the Budget?
Criminal Assets Bureau takings now over €133million