Carer’s Allowance. Keywords: Claim backdate—statutory limit—whether claim should be backdated beyond the statutory limit—whether statutory exception of ‘force majeure’ applicable—fair procedures—appeal partially allowed.

Title of Payment: Carer’s Allowance

Case summary:

The applicant appealed a Deciding Officer’s decision in relation to the award of a 50% increase in her Carer’s Allowance in respect of her care for her autistic child backdated to 6 months prior to the receipt of the application. Appellant would like to have the claim backdated to at least 11 or 13 years ago on the basis that her son had been misdiagnosed at that time; Arrears were granted back to the date on which the child reached 16 years of age; consideration to further backdating was brought before the HSE.

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Thursday, 21 July 2005

Title of Payment: Carer’s Allowance

Case summary:

The applicant appealed a Deciding Officer’s decision in relation to the award of a 50% increase in her Carer’s Allowance in respect of her care for her autistic child backdated to 6 months prior to the receipt of the application. Appellant would like to have the claim backdated to at least 11 or 13 years ago on the basis that her son had been misdiagnosed at that time; Arrears were granted back to the date on which the child reached 16 years of age; consideration to further backdating was brought before the HSE.

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