Main Disability Benefits
This benefit is paid monthly for children up to the age of 16, provided you meet the habitual residence condition. Payment continues up to the 18th birthday of a child who is in full-time education, or has a disability, or is attending a FÁS Youthreach course.
Application forms are available from the Post Office.
Family Income Supplements
Family Income Supplement (FIS) is a weekly tax-free payment available to married or unmarried employees with children who are on low pay. To qualify for FIS, your net average weekly family income must be below a certain amount for your family size. The FIS you receive is 60% of the difference between your net family income and the income limit which applies to your family.
Apply to: Family Income Supplement Section, Social Welfare Services, Ballinalee Road, Longford.
Domiciliary Care Allowance
This is a monthly means-tested payment decided by the Department of Social and Family Affairs, made to the parent or carer of a child with a severe disability, and it is based on the child’s means. The disability must be so severe that they need constant care and supervision. The allowance is paid until the child reaches 16. If you are getting a Domiciliary Care Allowance while caring for a child, you may also be eligible for Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit and a Respite Care Grant
Apply to: your Local Health Office.
Incapacitated Child Tax Credit
This tax credit of €3,660 can be claimed by the parents of a child with a permanent disability. The disability must have arisen before the child reached the age of 21, or while she or he was in full-time education. Where there is more than one such child, the tax credit may be claimed for each child. The income of the child does not affect the credit.
Apply to: your local tax office
You may be able to avail of the Homemaker’s Scheme if you gave up work to care full-time for a child or children up to 12 years of age or an incapacitated child (12 years or over) who needs full-time care or attention. This means that the years spent working in the home (since April 1994 when this provision was introduced) are disregarded when calculating your average contributions for pension purposes.
To apply: register with the Homemaker’s Section, Social Welfare Services, Gandon House, Amiens Street, Dublin 1 within one yearof becoming a homemaker.
Home Carer’s Tax Credit
A tax credit of €900 is available for married couples (taxed jointly) where one spouse works in the home caring for a child for whom Child Benefit is being paid. The income of the carer must not exceed €5,080 in the tax year. A reduced tax credit is given where the income is between €5,080 and €6,620.
Apply to: your local tax office
This is a long-term means-tested weekly allowance made to people with a disability from the age of 16 onwards. The disability must be expected to last at least a year and allowance is subject to medical suitability. If you qualify for Disability Allowance you may also get extra social welfare benefit with your payment and other supplementary welfare payments. The maximum personal weekly rate of pay is €188.
Apply to: Social Welfare Services, Ballinalee Road, Longford.
Blind Welfare Allowance
This is a means-tested supplementary payment to a person who is blind or has low vision and is getting a maintenance payment from the Department of Social and Family Affairs (such as Disability Allowance), and who needs extra support or resources to meet their needs. The weekly rate of payment is €61.60 for a single person.
Apply to: your local health office. Responsibility for the allowance is being transferred to the Department of Social and Family Affairs (from early 2009).