Local TD calls Carers Allowance a ‘mean test’

A Sligo Leitrim TD has branded the Carers Allowance as a ‘mean test’.

It’s estimated that only 25% of carers nationwide get the allowance and it’s thought that the way in which its means tested isn’t practical.

The issue was raised in the Dail this week by Deputy Marian Harkin who says many people are losing out due to the stringent criteria.

Deputy Harkin says while there is some effort underway by Government to address the issue, it won’t go far enough: