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Social Welfare Entitlements

Budget 2010

Courtesy of The Citizens Information Board

The main Budget changes which may affect people living in Ireland are set out below.

This document sets out changes in the areas of social welfare, tax, health, transport, environment, housing, education, employment and other areas.

For a full list of the Budget changes, please read the Department of Finance’s Summary of Budget Measures.

 

Social Welfare

General changes to personal payments

The following payments will be reduced by €8.30 per week:

  • Jobseeker’s Benefit 
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance 
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance 
  • One-Parent Family Payment 
  • Prisoner’s Wife’s Allowance 
  • Pre-Retirement Allowance 
  • Farm Assist 
  • Health and Safety Benefit 
  • Widow’s and Widower’s (Contributory) Pension (under 66) 
  • Widow’s and Widower’s (Non-Contributory) Pension
  • Deserted Wife’s Allowance 
  • Deserted Wife’s Benefit (under 66)
  • Guardian’s Payment (Contributory) and Guardian’s Payment (Non-Contributory) will be reduced by €7.50 per week (January 2010).

These reductions apply to the full-rate payment. There are proportional reductions for people getting reduced payments (January 2010).

Qualified adult

Qualified adult rate for the following payments will be reduced by €5.50 per week: 

  • Jobseeker’s Benefit 
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance 
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance 
  • Pre-Retirement Allowance 
  • Farm Assist 
  • Health and Safety Benefit 
  • Illness Benefit 
  • Disability Allowance 
  • Blind Pension 
  • Injury Benefit
  • This increase applies to the full-rate payment. There are proportional increases for people getting reduced payments.

Qualified child

Qualified child rate for all social welfare payments will be increased by €3.80 per week (January 2010).

Older people

There will be no change to the maximum rate of the following pensions:

  • State Pension (Contributory) 
  • State Pension (Transition) 
  • State Pension (Non-Contributory) 
  • Invalidity Pension (for people who are 65) 
  • Widow’s/Widower’s (Contributory) Pension (over 66) 
  • Death Benefit Pension (over 66) 
  • Deserted Wife’s Benefit (over 66)
  • There will be no change to the Increase for a Qualified Adult portion of these payments.

People with disabilities

The following disability payments will be reduced by €8.30 per week: 

  • Illness Benefit 
  • Disability Allowance 
  • Blind Pension 
  • Injury Benefit 
  • Invalidity Pension (for people under 65)
  • Disablement Pension will be reduced by €8.40 per week (January 2010).

This reduction applies to the full-rate payment. There are proportional reductions for people getting reduced payments (January 2010).

There will be no change in the monthly rate of Domiciliary Care Allowance.

Carers

Carer’s Allowance will be reduced by €8.50 for claimants under 66 years of age. There will be no reduction in Carer’s Allowance for people aged 66 and over (January 2010).

Half-rate Carer's Allowance will be reduced by €4.25 for claimants under 66 years of age. There will be no reduction in Carer’s Allowance for people aged 66 and over (January 2010).

This increase applies to the full-rate payment. There are proportional increases for people getting reduced payments.

Carer’s Benefit and Constant Attendance Allowance will be reduced by €8.20 per week (January 2010).

Families and children

Child Benefit will be reduced by €16 per month (January 2010).

For certain low income families affected by the change there will be compensatory measures in the form of an increase in the qualified child rate and FIS.

Increase for a Qualified Child will rise to €29.80 (€3.80 increase) per week (January 2010).

All Family Income Supplement (FIS) income thresholds will increase by €6 per week per child (January 2010).

Maternity and Adoptive Benefit

There will be a reduction of €4.50 in the minimum rate and €10 in the maximum rate of Maternity and Adoptive Benefit (January 2010).

Jobseeker’s Allowance

There will be no change to the maximum rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance for people aged 18 and 19 without dependent children and their qualified adult dependent (January 2010).

Jobseeker’s Allowance for new claimants without dependent children will be reduced to €100 for people aged 20 and 21 (January 2010).

Jobseeker’s Allowance for new claimants without dependent children will be reduced to €150 for people aged 22, 23 and 24 (January 2010).

Jobseeker’s Allowance rate will be reduced to €196 for people aged 25 and over (January 2010). It will be reduced to €150 where job offers or activation measures have been refused.

The Increase for a Qualified Adult for new claimants aged 20 and 21 without dependent children will be reduced to €100 (January 2010).

The Increase for a Qualified Adult for new claimants aged between 22 and 24 without dependent children will be reduced to €130.10 (January 2010).

The full rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance will be paid to claimants under 25 years of age if they participate in an approved education or training course (January 2010).

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

There will be no change to the maximum rate of Supplementary Welfare Allowance for people aged 18 and 19 without dependent children and their qualified adult dependent (January 2010).

Supplementary Welfare Allowance for new claimants without dependent children will be reduced to €100 for people aged 20 and 21 (January 2010).

Supplementary Welfare Allowance for new claimants without dependent children will be reduced to €150 for people aged 22, 23 and 24 (January 2010).

Supplementary Welfare Allowance rate will be reduced to €196 for people aged 25 and over (January 2010). It will be reduced to €150 where job offers or activation measures have been refused.

The Increase for a Qualified Adult for new claimants aged 20 and 21 without dependent children will be reduced to €100 (January 2010).

The Increase for a Qualified Adult for new claimants aged between 22 and 24 without dependent children will be reduced to €130.10 (January 2010).

PRSI Contributions

A new Universal Social Contribution will replace employee PRSI, the health levy and the income levy. It will be paid by everyone at a low rate on a wide base as a collective contribution to public services (2011).

Treatment Benefit

The entitlements under the Treatment Benefit Scheme will be limited to the medical and surgical appliances scheme and the free examination elements of the dental and optical benefit schemes.

Health 

Hospital charges

There are to be no increases in the statutory charges for Accident & Emergency, day and in patient services.

The charges for private beds in public hospitals are not being increased.

Drugs Payment Scheme

The monthly threshold is being increased from €100 to €120 per month.

Prescription charge for medical card and Long Term Illness Card holders

Medical card and Long Term Illness Card holders will pay a charge of 50 cent per prescription item, subject to a monthly ceiling of €10 per family.

(Expected implementation date 1 April 2010)

Dental Treatment

Under the Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS), adult medical card holders may obtain dental services from dentists in private practice under contract to the HSE. In 2010, expenditure will be reduced by €30m to the 2008 level of €63m.

Social Welfare Entitlements

 

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Illness Benefit

Illness Benefit (Disability Benefit) is a payment for insured people who cannot work due to illness.

You may qualify if you:

  • Are under age 66,
  • Are unable to work due to illness, and
  • Satisfy the PRSI conditions.
  • Your payment is made up of a personal rate for yourself with extra amounts for your qualified adult and any qualified children.

Details of current rates of payment are available from your nearest Citizens Information or Social Welfare Office.

You may get half the personal rate of Illness Benefit for a limited period, if you get:

  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Widow’s/Widower’s Contributory/Non-Contributory Pension
  • Deserted Wife’s Benefit/Allowance
  • Illness Benefit is a taxable source of income.

How long does payment last?

 If you have a total of 260 weeks (5 years) paid PRSI contributions, since starting work, you may get Illness Benefit for as long as you unfit for work (and satisfy the medical boards) and you are under age 66.

If you have between 52 – 259 PRSI contributions, you may qualify for Illness Benefit for up to 52 weeks.

When and how to apply?

Go to your GP and get a medical certificate, which includes an application form (MC1). This form is only available from your doctor.

Complete above MC1 form and declaration.

Forward application to nearest Social Welfare Office or box number on form.

You must send in a medical certificate each week for as long as you are ill, unless told otherwise.

For more details of Illness Benefit you can contact:

Illness Benefit

Department of Social and Family Affairs

Aras Mhic Dhiarmada

Store Street

Dublin 1.

Telephone (01) 679 7777

Invalidity Pension

Invalidity Pension is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the contribution conditions.

To qualify you must satisfy both medical and social insurance conditions.

You can also use social insurance contributions paid in countries covered by EC regulations or countries with which Ireland has a Bilateral Social Security Agreement to help you qualify.

Your payment is made up of a personal rate for yourself and extra amounts for your qualified adult and child dependants.

How long does payment last?

You will continue to get Invalidity Pension as long as you are under 66 years of age and you are incapable of work. Payment will stop if you get any other payment from the Department (except Disablement Pension).

You will automatically be transferred from Invalidity Pension to State Pension (Contributory) when you reach 66 years of age.

Invalidity Pension Section

Social Welfare Services Office

Government Buildings

Ballinalee Road

Longford

Telephone: (043) 40118/40045 or

 (01) 7043000 ext.48818/48745

Extra Benefits

If you qualify for Invalidity Pension and are living in the State, you are automatically entitled to a Free Travel Pass. You may also qualify for :

     Household Benefit Package

     Assistance under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme

  • Fuel Allowance (subject to certain conditions)
  • A medical card from the HSE
  • Disability Allowance

Disability Allowance is a weekly allowance for people with a disability aged between 16 – 66. Your disability must be expected to last for at least one year. You must pass a medical exam and a means test to get the allowance.

Entitlement to full-rate Disability Allowance has (from January 2007) been extended to all people resident in institutions.

The capital disregard for Disability Allowance (currently €20,000) increases to €50,000 (from June 2007).

How long does payment last?

You may get Disability Allowance for as long as you satisfy the conditions, except if you are awarded another pension or allowance.

Extra benefits

You are entitled to free travel automatically when you get Disability Allowance. You may also qualify for:

  • A Free Companion Pass, which allows you to have a companion aged 16 or over join you when travelling
  • The Household Benefit Package
  • Assistance under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme
  • Fuel Allowance subject to a means test and certain conditions
  • A medical card from the HSE

If you need full-time care and attention, the person looking after you may get Carer’s Allowance or if they leave the workforce, Carer’s Benefit.

How do I apply?

To apply, complete application form DA 1 which is available from your local Social Welfare Office, Citizens Information Centre or online at

                          www.welfare.ie or from

Disability Allowance Section

Social Welfare Services Office

Government Buildings

Ballinalee Road

Longford   Telephone: (043) 45211

Living Alone Allowance

The Living Alone Increase is a supplementary payment for people in Ireland on various social welfare pensions who are living alone.

If you are under 66 you may qualify if you live alone and are in receipt of Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension, Incapacity Supplement and Blind Pension. If you are over 66, you can qualify on a wider range of payments.

Carer’s Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is a means-tested payment for carers on low incomes who look after certain people in need of full-time care and attention.

How do I qualify?

You will qualify if you the carer:

  • Are aged 18 or over
  • Satisfy a means test
  • Are caring full-time for the person
  • Are not employed or self-employed outside the home for more than 15 hours a week
  • And
  • Note
  • It was announced that a new additional means-tested payment equivalent to up to half of the Carer’s Allowance for certain people with another Social Welfare entitlement will be introduced in September 2007.
  • The requirement to provide full-time care and attention is assessed on an individual basis. Carer’s are not expected to provide round the clock care.
  • You the carer may:
    • Attend an educational or training course or take up employment or self-employment for up to 15 hours a week
    • Work part-time as a Home Help with the HSE for up to 15 hours a week. Income from this employment is not assessed as means.
  • Are caring for somebody who:
  • Is so disabled as to need full-time care and attention (a medical certificate is needed)
  • Does not normally live in hospital, home or other institution
  • How much can I get?

Your payment is made up of a personal rate for yourself and extra amounts you’re your qualified children. There is no increase for a qualified adult.

Income Disregards

Carer’s income disregard increases by €12.50 to €332.50 per week for a single person and

 by €25 to €665 per week for a couple (April 2008).

Earnings threshold for Carer’s Benefit increases by €12.50 to €332.50 per week (April 2008).

How long does payment last?

You can get Carer’s Allowance for as long as you are caring for the person(s) and satisfy the qualifying conditions.

Extra Benefits

All people getting Carer’s Allowance qualify for:

  • A free travel pass
  • The Household Benefit Package
  • An annual Respite Care Payment each June of €1500, is increasing
  • by €200 as per budget 5th Dec 2007, for each person being cared for 2008.

 NB- 5th June 2008

The carers' respite grant now increases by €200 to €1,700 per annum, with over 48,000 Carers set to benefit throughout the country.

  • Note

Carer’s Allowance is disregarded income when calculating entitlement to Family Income Supplement (FIS) and Medical Card.

When and how do I apply?

You can apply for a Carer’s Allowance by completing CR 1 available from your local Citizens Information or Social Welfare Office or download form from www.welfare.ie

Note

You may get credited contributions (credits) for the period of caring. These may help you qualify for a range of social welfare benefits including State Pension (Contributory). You should enquire about credits at your local social welfare office.

Carer’s Benefit

Carer’s Benefit is a payment for people who have made social insurance contributions and who have recently left the workforce and are looking after somebody in need of full-time care and attention.

How do I qualify?

You will qualify if you, the carer:

  • Are aged 16 or over,
  • Have been employed for eight weeks in the twenty six week period immediately before applying for the Carer’s Benefit
  • Satisfy the PRSI conditions
  • Give up employment * to care full-time ** for somebody
  • Are not employed or self-employed outside the home while caring
  • And :Caring for somebody who is so disabled as to need full-time care and attention (a medical certificate is needed)

*The employment must have been for at least 16 hours a week or 32 hours a fortnight. Note

If you share the care of a person with somebody else, only one of you can claim Carer’s Benefit.

** You the carer may be regarded as providing full-time care and attention and still:

  • Attend an educational or training course or take up voluntary or community work for up to 15 hours per week
  • Engage in employment or self-employment for up to 15 hours per week.

Note

There is a limit on earnings from employment or self-employment.

How much can I get?

Payment is made up of a weekly personal rate for yourself and extra amounts for qualified children. There is no qualified adult increase.

Note

You may get a Respite Care Grant on the first Thursday in June each year.

How long does payment last?

You can get Carer’s Benefit for 2 years (104 weeks) for each person you cared for. You may claim it in a single continuous period or in separate periods adding to a total of 2 years (104 weeks). There is no minimum period for claiming Carer’s Benefit.

When and how do I apply?

You can apply for Carer’s Benefit by completing application form CARB 1. This form is available from your local Social Welfare Office, Citizens Information Centre (CIC) or download a form from www.welfare.ie.

Carer’s Benefit Section

Social Welfare Services Office

Government Buildings

Ballinalee Road

Longford

Telephone: Longford (043) 45211

Carer’s Leave

By law, you may qualify for temporary unpaid leave from your employment to provide full-time care and attention to another person.

To check if you qualify for carer’s leave, contact the:

Employment Rights Information Unit

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Telephone: Dublin (01) 631 3131

LoCall 1890 201 615

You can get further information on carer’s leave from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment website – www.entemp.ie, or by e-mailing the Department at erinfo@entemp.ie

The Respite Care Grant

The Respite Care Grant is an annual payment for full-time carers who look after certain people in need of full-time care and attention. The payment is not means tested but is subject to certain conditions.

One Respite Care Grant is paid for each person in need of full-time care and attention.

There is no need to apply if you are getting one of the Carer’s Payments.

How do I qualify?

You will qualify if you the carer:

  • Are aged 16 or over
  • Care for the person on a full-time basis (this period of care must include the first Thursday in June)
  • Either live with the person you are looking after, or have a direct line of communication with them
  • You will not qualify if you, the carer are:
  • Employed or self-employed outside the home for more than 15 hours a week, or
  • Getting Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance or signing for Jobseeker’s Credits
  • Respite Care Grant is paid once a year by cheque and can be paid retrospectively for people who fulfil the conditions.

How do I apply?

You can apply for the Respite Care Grant by completing the application RCG 1 and returning to:

Respite Care Grant Section

PO Box 10085

Dublin 2

Telephone (01) 6732222

Applications for all of the above Social Welfare benefits can be obtained from your local Social Welfare Office, Citizens Information), or the Department’s website at www.welfare.ie or from the Department’s LoCall Leaflet Request Line on 1890 20 23 25.

Domiciliary Care Allowance

The Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly means-tested payment made to the carer of a child with a severe disability.

In order to qualify, the child must have a severe disability that is likely to last at least one year and:

  • Must be aged under 16
  • Must live at home
  • Must need substantially more constant care and attention than a child of the same age who does not have a disability
  • Medical Assessment is carried out by the Senior Area Medical Officer in the Health Services Executive (HSE), and it is up to the Senior Area Medical Officer to determine whether a child with a particular condition qualifies for the Allowance.

The means test

The means test applies only to the means of the child and not the means of the carer. Entitlement to Child Benefit is not affected and a carer may also qualify for Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit if he/she meets the other conditions.

The carer is also eligible for a Respite Care Grant, which is paid automatically each year during the month of June.

Apply to:

Donegal – HSE – NW area, Community Services Office, Ballybofey, Co Donegal.

Sligo/Leitrim – HSE – NW area, Community Services Office, Markievicz House, Co Sligo

Exceptional Needs Payments (ENP’s)

Exceptional Needs Payments are made under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme. This scheme is administered by the Health Services Executive (HSE). An Exceptional Needs Payment is a single payment to help meet essential, once-off, exceptional expenditure, which a person could not be reasonably expected to meet out of their weekly income. For example, the payments can be made for special clothing for a person who has a serious illness, visiting relatives in hospital, or other miscellaneious items. The Payment is means tested. Each application is decided on its merits by the Community Welfare Officer.

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