How much can I get?


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The pension is made up of a personal rate for you and extra amounts for a qualified adult and child(ren). You will get the maximum personal rate of Blind Pension if your weekly means are €7.60 or less.

Who is a qualified adult?

In general, a qualified adult is your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant. You may get an increase in pension for them as long as they are not getting a social welfare payment in their own right, except Carer’s Allowance (where special arrangements apply).
 
The Increase for a Qualified Adult is graduated in line with your personal rate of pension.
 
For more information, log on to www.welfare.ie.
 
If you and your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant both qualify for a Blind Pension, you will each receive a personal rate of Blind Pension.
If you qualify for Blind Pension and your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant is getting another social welfare payment, you will each receive personal rates of your respective payments. The same applies if your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant is
blind and you are receiving another social welfare payment.

Who is a qualified child?

A qualified child is any child up to age 18, who normally lives with and is being supported by you, or up to age 22 if they are in full-time education by day.
 
A child who is age 18 or over and is normally living with you is also considered your qualified child for the 3 month period after they leave second level education or complete the Leaving Certificate exam.
 
If you qualify for a Qualified Adult Increase for your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, you will get the full rate Qualified Child Increase for your qualified child(ren).
 
If your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant is getting a social welfare payment in their own right, they will get half the Qualified Child Increase appropriate to their payment and you will get half the Qualified Child Increase on your pension.
 
You cannot get a Qualified Child Increase if the child is getting a social welfare payment in their own right.
Last modified:30/01/2013
 

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