What other benefits are available?


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If you qualify for this pension you may also get:

  • Bereavement Grant
  • Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant
  • Death Benefit under the Occupational Injuries Scheme
  • Fuel Allowance
  • Living Alone Increase (at age 66 or over)
  • Island Allowance (at age 66 or over)
  • Free Travel
  • Benefits under the Household Benefits Scheme
  • Assistance under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme.

Note
If you need full-time care and attention because of an incapacity or illness, the person looking after you may qualify for a Carer's Allowance or Carer's Benefit. For more information, log on to 'www.welfare.ie'.

Bereavement Grant

You may qualify for a Bereavement Grant which is based on either your own or your late spouse's/civil partner's PRSI record.

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

Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant

A Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant is a once-off payment for widows, widowers and surviving civil partners with qualified children, to provide income support after the death of their spouse/civil partner.

This grant applies only to widows, widowers (widowed since 1 December 1999) and surviving civil partners (since 1 January 2011) who have at least one qualified child.

If you are applying for a Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension or One-Parent Family Payment, you do not have to apply for the Grant as we will process it automatically.

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

Death Benefit under the Occupational Injuries Benefits Scheme

If your spouse/civil partner died as a result of an accident at work or from an occupational disease or they were getting a Disablement Pension (assessed at 50% or more at the time of their death), you may qualify for a Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension under the Occupational Injuries Benefit Scheme instead of the Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension.

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

Fuel Allowance

You may get Fuel Allowance, from September to May, subject to certain conditions. These conditions include that you live alone or with certain specified persons and that your household satisfies a means test.

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

Living Alone Increase

You may be entitled to the Living Alone Increase if you are aged 66 or more subject to certain conditions.

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

Island Allowance

You may get an Island Allowance if you live on an offshore island off the Republic of Ireland subject to certain conditions.

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

Free Travel

If you are aged 66 or over and permanently living in the State you are entitled to a Free Travel Pass.

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

Household Benefits Package

You may, subject to certain conditions qualify for:

  • Electricity or Natural Gas or Bottled Gas Refill Allowance
  • Free TV License
  • Telephone Allowance for either a landline or a mobile phone.

If you are aged 60 to 65 and your late spouse/civil partner was getting any of the household benefits listed above at the time of his or her death you may qualify for these benefits on application. However, you must satisfy the normal qualifying conditions for these schemes and have been permanently living with your spouse/civil partner before their death.

Note
If you are aged 70 or over, you will qualify for these extra benefits regardless of who lives with you.

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

Assistance under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme

This may include help with funeral expenses, or rent or mortgage payments. For more information, log on to 'www.welfare.ie' or contact your Community Welfare Officer at your local office of the Health Service Executive.

Last modified:10/01/2011
 

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