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Family Income Supplement (FIS)

Family Income Supplement (FIS) is a weekly payment to help low-pay families with qualified children. The family's income (gross income minus tax, employee PRSI, Universal Social Charge and superannuation) must be below a certain amount for the family size and other conditions must also be satisfied.

We do not take income from Carer's Allowance into account when assessing the family income for FIS purposes.

We do not take the amount of tax you pay into account for the means test for Carer's Allowance, but we do take it into account when assessing the weekly family income for FIS.

The table below sets out the weekly income limits for FIS (effective since January 2011)

Size of family Weekly income limit
1 child €506
2 children €602
3 children €703
4 children €824
5 children €950
6 children €1,066
7 children €1,202
8 children or more €1,298


For more information, log on to 'www.welfare.ie'.


Fuel Allowance

You cannot get Fuel Allowance with Carer's Allowance. However, another member of the household may qualify for Fuel Allowance if they satisfy the qualifying conditions. So, if you are getting Fuel Allowance with your existing social welfare payment and you want to transfer to Carer's Allowance, you should check whether another member of your household will qualify for Fuel Allowance.

For more information, log on to 'www.welfare.ie'.



If you are getting a Carer's Allowance, you may be awarded credits (credited PRSI contributions) for the period of caring. However, if you are not due credits, you may qualify to have 'homemaking years' taken into account for State Pension (Contributory) purposes.

For more information, log on to 'www.welfare.ie'.



Income from Carer's Allowance is regarded as income for tax purposes. You should contact your local tax office for more information.


Medical card

Income from Carer’s Allowance is not taken into account for the means test for a medical card. You should contact your local office of the Health Service Executive for more information.



Last modified:25/09/2014