You may qualify if:
- you are aged 70 or over, or
- you are getting a Carer's Allowance, or
- you are caring for a person who gets Prescribed Relative's Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance, or
- you are under age 70, are getting a qualifying payment (see below) and live alone or only with certain excepted people (see below), or
- you are aged between 66 and 69, satisfy a means test (see Appendix 1) and live alone or only with certain excepted people (see below).
As well as the above conditions, you must also satisfy the following three conditions.
- You must be permanently living in the state. In general, the allowances do not apply if you live in a Nursing or Retirement Home if the accommodation is not fully self-contained.
- You must be the only person in your household who gets the allowances.
- You must be the registered consumer of electricity or gas if you are applying for an Electricity or Natural Gas Allowance.
Qualifying payments if you are aged between 66 and 70
- State Pension (contributory)
- State Pension (non-contributory)
- Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (contributory) Pension
- Deserted Wife's Benefit
- an ordinary Garda Widow's Pension from the Department of Justice and Equality (please forward documentation)
- an equivalent Social Security pension or benefit from a country covered by EC Regulations, or from a country with which Ireland has a Bilateral Social Security Agreement (see Appendix 2) (please forward documentation).
Qualifying payments for persons aged under 66
- Invalidity Pension
- Blind Pension
- Incapacity Supplement or Workmen's Compensation with Disablement Pension (for at least 12 months)
- Disability Allowance
- an equivalent Social Security Pension or benefit from a country covered by EC Regulations, or from a country with which Ireland has a Bilateral Social Security Agreement (see Appendix 2) for at least 12 months (please forward documentation).
List of excepted people:
If certain cases (see above), you may live with the following people and still qualify:
- a qualified adult.
Your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant is a qualified adult if you are getting an increase for them with your social welfare payment, or
you would receive an increase for a qualified adult for them with your payment but for the fact that they are getting a social welfare payment in their own right.
If your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant works and earns less than €310 per week, you may be entitled to an increase on your main social welfare payment for them. For more information, log on to www.welfare.ie.
- a dependent child(ren) under age 18 or up to age 22 if in full-time education (you must supply a certificate from the school or college for any child aged 18 or over)
- a person who is so incapacitated that they need constant care and attention for at least 12 months (you may need to supply medical certification)
- a person who would qualify for the allowances in their own right (for example, a person getting a State Pension)
- a person who is providing you, or someone else in your household, with constant care and attention, if you or that other person in the household is so incapacitated that you or they need constant care and attention for at least 12 months (you may need to supply medical certification). If the person is in employment for more than 15 hours per week or they are getting Jobseeker's Benefit or Allowance they cannot be accepted as providing constant full-time care and attention.