Invalidity Pension is made up of a standard personal rate for yourself and extra amounts for a qualified adult and qualified children. Your personal rate is not affected by any other income, savings or occupational pension you may have. For more information, log on to www.welfare.ie
Who is a qualified adult?
If you are married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting, you may get an allowance for them as a qualified adult. If you have children living with you and you are single, widowed, a surviving civil partner or separated, you may get an allowance for a person, aged 16 or over, who is caring for your child(ren), provided the person is living with you and you are supporting them.
You will not get an increase for a qualified adult if they:
- have a gross income of more than a certain amount (see note below), or
- are getting a social welfare payment in their own right (except Disablement Benefit, Supplementary Welfare Allowance or Child Benefit), or
- are disqualified from getting Jobseeker’s Allowance or Benefit because of involvement in a trade dispute, or
- are taking part in a full-time FÁS non-craft training course.
- If your spouse’s, civil partner’s or cohabitant’s income or earnings is €100.00 gross per week or less, you will receive a full increase for a qualified adult. If your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant has gross income or earnings of between €100.00 and €310.00 per week, you will get a reduced allowance for them.
- Income includes earnings from employment or self-employment, occupational pensions, rent from property, savings and investments.
If your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant has savings, investments or property which is not let but is capable of being put to profitable use (other than their own home), we
assess the capital as follows:
|€20,000 - €30,000
||€1 per €1,000|
|€30,000 - €40,000
||€2 per €1,000|
||€4 per €1,000|
Where a property is jointly held (for example by a couple), half the value of the asset is taken as belonging to each of them.
Who is a qualified child?
A qualified child is a child up to age 18 who normally lives with you and is being maintained by you. Sometimes, a child who is not living with you can also be your child dependant if you are supporting them. You may get a Qualified Child Increase for them.
A child who is over 18 and being maintained by you is also considered your dependant for:
- the 3 month period after they leave second level education, or
- the 3 month period after they complete the Leaving Certificate, or
- up to the end of the academic year in which they reach 18 provided they are attending a full-time course of study by day at a school, college or university.
From July 2012, you can receive a Qualified Child Increase for a child up to age 22 if the child is in full-time education. Where a child turns 22 while in full-time education, you may get the Qualified Child Increase for the rest of the academic year.
You will not get the Qualified Child Increase if your child gets:
- a social welfare payment in their own right (except Disablement Benefit), or
- Infectious Diseases Maintenance Allowance (IDMA) from the Health Service Executive, or
- if you or your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant is getting Guardian’s Payment Contributory or Guardian’s Payment Non-Contributory.
What rate of Qualified Child Increase can I get?
You will get the full Qualified Child Increase if you:
- qualify for an increase for your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant.
You will get half the Qualified Child Increase if:
- you do not qualify for an increase for your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, or
- your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant is getting a social welfare payment in their own right. In this case, your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant will get half the Qualified Child Increase with their payment and you will get half the Qualified Child Increase with your Invalidity Pension.
You will not get a Qualified Child Increase if:
- your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant has income or earnings of more than €400 a week. This applies to claims received on or after 5 July 2012 only.