Other Social Welfare Payments

This page provides information on a range of other social welfare payments.


- Disability Allowance

Disability Allowance is a means-tested payment for people with a specified disability whose income falls below certain limits and who are aged between 16 and under 66. The scheme was introduced on 2 October 1996 and replaced the Disabled Person's Maintenance Allowance which was administered by the Health Boards.


- Illness Benefit

Illness Benefit is a payment for people (under the age of 66) who cannot work due to illness and who satisfy the Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions. You should apply for Illness Benefit within 6 weeks of becoming ill.


- Invalidity Pension

Invalidity Pension is a weekly payment to people who cannot work because of a long-term illness or disability and are covered by social insurance (PRSI). At 66, you transfer automatically to the State Pension (Contributory) at the full rate. Invalidity Pension is taxable.


- One Parent Family Payment

One Parent Family Payment is a payment for people (under the age of 66) who are bringing children up without the support of a partner. To get this payment you must meet certain conditions and you must satisfy a means test. One-Parent Family Payment is a taxable source of income.


- Carer's Allowance

Carers Allowance is a weekly payment to a person on low income who is looking after a person or child who needs fulltime care and attention because of age, disability or illness including mental illness.

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