For claims made on or after 3rd May 2012 a qualified child is a child who is:
Recent changes to the eligibility criteria for the One Parent Family Payment scheme are contained below.
Payment of the One-Parent Family Payment will cease if the youngest child on your claim reaches the age specified in the year shown in the table below.
||From 4 July 2013
||From 3 July 2014
||From 2 July 2015|
If OFP payment commenced before 27 April 2011
|If OFP payment commenced between 27 April 2011 and 2 May 2012
|If OFP payment commenced on or after 3 May 2012
It should be noted that where a youngest child reaches age 18 before 4 July 2013, they may retain entitlement up to 3 July 2013 provided they are in full-time education. There is no entitlement after that date, regardless of the course being pursued or examinations being taken.
If an older child in the family is in full time education (and aged 18-22 years), payment for the older child will cease at the end of the academic year. The end of the academic year in 2013 is either:
- End of May, beginning of June for students completing their course that year (this may be a 1 year course or their final year of a 2,3 or 4 year cycle),
- 31st August for course in mid cycle (i.e. due to complete their course over the next year or two),
- 24th October if the student has completed their Leaving Certificate.
Extension of youngest child age in certain circumstances:
- Special provisions have been put in place for customers who are in receipt of the Domiciliary Care Allowance. In these cases, One-Parent Family Payment will remain in payment until the youngest child reaches 16 years or until Domiciliary Care Allowance ceases whichever is the sooner.
- A person who is recently bereaved (married, co-habiting and persons in a civil partnership) and is thus parenting alone but who doesn’t qualify for a Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partners Contributory Pension can claim one-parent family payment for up to two years from the date of death of the spouse, cohabitant or civil partner or until their youngest child reaches 18 years of age, whichever is earlier. Cases where the bereavement is of a spouse or civil partner will continue to be dealt with by One-Parent Family Section in Sligo.