Just wondering how long people in general are waiting for a decision on the carer's allowance. I have now been waiting nearly 8 months for this. It is so frustrating and while the person I am caring for is in need of care I cannot afford to do it for much longer. If I don't get it I will be down about 7000 euro which I am relying on just to pay off my credit card and mortgage arrears. I know of people who have got it after 5 weeks but in general the waiting time seems to be 3 months.
As far as I know there are over 3000 people waiting on a decision. I wonder what would happen if we all brought the people we are caring for to the local hospital and left it to the HSE to sort it.
Am sick to my back teeth of dealing with social welfare officers who think they are paying us out of their own pockets and who seem to think that we should bow to them and kiss their feet just for doing their job. There are plenty of people unemployed that would do a better and more efficient job than most of these. While I am not asking them to be grateful for their jobs I am just asking that they do it a pace that is not consistant with that of a geriatric snail.