Increase in numbers receiving Respite Care Grant in Kerry

Department of Social Protection There’s been an increase in the number of people in Kerry receiving the Respite Care Grant. New figures from the Department of Social Protection show that last year, there were almost 3,000 recipients in the county. This was up from just over 2,700 three years previously. The Respite Care Grant is paid to carers around the country and can be spent in any way they wish. In 2013, the amount paid was reduced from €1,700 per person to €1,375.