Working Family Payment (WFP) - SW 22

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You may qualify if you:

  • are an employee in paid full-time employment that is expected to last for at least 3 months,
  • work at least 19 hours every week, or 38 hours every fortnight,
  • If you are married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting, you can add together the hours worked by you, your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant,
  • have an average weekly family income below the amounts outlined in the table below for your family size,
  • have at least one qualified child who normally lives with you or is part of a family supported by you. A qualified child is any child under age 18 or aged 18 to 22 if in fulltime education.

Note 1:
Self-employment alone does not qualify the household for WFP. Either you, your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant must be engaged in paid employment for the household to qualify for WFP.


Size of family Weekly Income limit Annual Income limit (52 weeks)
1 child €521 €27,092
2 children €622 €32,344
3 children €723 €37,596
4 children €834 €43,368
5 children €960 €49,920
6 children €1076 €55,952
7 children €1212 €63,024
8 children or more €1308 €68,016

These are net income figures, meaning after income tax, Universal Social Charge, employee PRSI, and pension contributions have been deducted.

Note 3:
If both you and your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant are working, your incomes will be added together when working out the family income.

Last modified:07/06/2019

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