A means test is a way to checking if you have enough means to support yourself and what amount of payment, if any, you may qualify for. To qualify for Farm Assist, you must show that your means are below a certain level.
Your means are:
- any income belonging to you, your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant,
- property belonging to you, your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant (except your home), and,
- any other asset(s) that could provide you with an income.
When you complete and send in the application form FARM 1, a Social Welfare Inspector will call to you at your home. They will ask you to produce supporting documents relating to your income and spending, such as accounts, mart receipts, wage-slips and bank statements.
Means from farm income or other self-employment
Your income from farming and other self-employment is assessed as gross income that you, your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant may reasonably be expected to receive, minus any expenses you incur to earn that income.
Income from the previous twelve months is used as an indication in estimating their likely future earnings, it is not simply assumed that the previous twelve months is used as an indication in estimating their likely future earnings, it is not simply assumed that the previous year’s earnings will be received in the coming year. Account is taken of the potential for significant upward or downward variations in income from one year to the next.
We divide this figure by 52 to get the weekly means. The difference between the weekly means and the appropriate weekly amount of social welfare payment is the amount of Farm Assist payable.
You are a farmer with a qualified adult and 3 qualified children. You have 60 acres of land and you are involved in mixed farming.
|Sale of cattle
|Sale of lambs
|Grants and subsidies
€4,761 divided by 52 = €91.55 a week
Means rounded to = €92.00 a week
Appropriate amount of social welfare payment since 3 April 2013
In this example, the amount of Farm Assist you may get is €310.20.
Means from PRPS and SACS
We assess income from the Ruaral Environment Protection Scheme (REPS), Special Areas of Conservation Scheme (SACS) and Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS) separately from other farm income, using the formula below.
- Income from REPS, SACS or AEOS:
- Minus first €2,540
- Divide answer by 2
- Minus expenses
|Yearly value of means|
||Weekly value of means|
Means from insurable employment
We assess your net income (gross income less PRSI, the pension levy, union dues and superannuation) as follows:
- we deduct €20.00 from your net weekly earnings for every day worked up to a maximum of 3 days (€60.00), and assess 60% of the remaining earnings as weekly means.
If you have seasonal employment, we assess you on your earnings only during the period that you are actually working.
How we assess investments and savings
We do not take the actual income from investments and savings as your means. Instead we add together the following items and use a formula to work out your means:
- cash value of investments and property (except your home),
- money in savings accounts, and
- cash-in-hand or in a current account.
||Weekly means assessed:|
|€20,000 - €30,000
||€1 per €1,000|
|€30,000 - €40,000
||€2 per €1,000|
||€4 per €1,000|