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Social security support for informal caring in the Republic of Ireland

Mel Cousins ()

International Social Security Review, 1994, vol. 47, issue 2, 37-50

Abstract: This article looks at the policies of social security support for informal carers in the Republic of Ireland. The demographic context and the overall policy context are first outlined, with a brief summary of the available institutional and community care services. The development of social security policies is subsequently examined, tracing the development of specific social security support for informal caring since the late 1960s and looking, in particular, at the recent establishment of a means‐tested carer's allowance in 1990. Some of the issues surrounding social security and informal carers are then discussed, including the different strategies which can be adopted in providing support for informal caring and the factors which influenced the development of support in Ireland.

Date: 1994
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