Continued Child Payment


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Index:

PART 1 - ENTITLEMENT
General
Legislative Background
Qualifying Conditions
Disqualifications
Rate of Payment
Overlapping provisions
Special categories - Job Initiative

PART 2 - CLAIMS, INVESTIGATION AND DECISION PROCEDURES
Claims
Decisions

PART 3 - PROCEDURES FOLLOWING AWARD
Payments
Duration of Payment
Overlaps with FIS and BTWA
Termination of Payment
Requalification


PART 1 - ENTITLEMENT

General

This scheme provides for continued payment, for up to 13 weeks, of increase for a qualified child (IQC), where payable at the full rate, to certain persons who have been receiving jobseeker's payments ( JA/ JB) for a year or more and who take up full-time employment for at least 4 weeks. The scheme commenced from 13 June 1996.

The scheme was extended from 2 April, 1997 to people who start work, including Job Initiative following Community Employment.

Legislative Background

The main legislative provisions for the payment of Increases for Dependants are:-

- Section 234 and Section 236 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act, 2005.

Qualifying Conditions

To be eligible for payment a person must immediately preceding the employment -

1 - have been in receipt of payment of either :

  • Jobseeker's Allowance (JA) for 312 days (12 months) or more in a continuous period of unemployment OR
  • Jobseeker's Benefit (JB) for 312 days or more within the same period of interruption of employment OR
  • a combination of JA and JB for a total of 312 days or more

    OR

2 - have been in Community Employment (CE)

3 - have been in receipt of Increase for a Qualified Child (IQC) at the full rate. Persons in receipt of half-rate IQC because, for instance, their spouse/partner is in employment or in receipt of a social welfare payment in their own right, are not eligible for Continued Child Payment.

Note: where a person is in Community Employment, it is not necessary to establish an underlying entitlement to JA/ JB. The applicant must show that if in receipt of JA/ JB, s/he would be eligible for Increase for a Qualified Child at the full rate, i.e. a single parent or one with a qualified adult.

4 - commence full-time employment or self-employment which is expected to last for at least 4 weeks.

Disqualifications

Persons engaged in seasonal employment, systematic short-time working or any FAS course do not qualify.

Rate of Payment

The rate of payment is the amount paid on the JA/ JB claim in respect of qualified child/ren. In JA cases where there are means, full-rate payment is made for the child but the total amount cannot exceed the amount previously paid to the household on JA.

The payment is not affected by any change in the family circumstances during the 13 weeks (e.g., where a child reaches the age limit or where the person has an additional child).

Following award of the CCP, an increase for a qualified child at either half or full-rate cannot be paid on any other social welfare claim.

Overlapping provisions

A person cannot receive Family Income Supplement (FIS) and Continued Child Payment in respect of the same period.

FIS is not payable where the rate of Continued Child Payment payable is equal to or greater than the FIS entitlement. Where a person is qualified for FIS at a higher rate than CCP, however, the FIS is payable and any CCP already paid is treated as having been paid on account of FIS. Similarly, where a person qualifies for Back-to-Work Allowance (BTW), the CCP is treated as paid on account of BTW.

Special categories - Job Initiative

The Social Welfare Act, 1997 provided for payment of CCP to persons transferring from CE to Job Initiative. CCP applicants who started Job Initiative directly from CE after 16 July, 1996 and who were refused CCP under the 1996 Act which required the applicant to have been in receipt of JA/ JB beforehand, could apply for arrears payments from the date of commencement. Such cases were checked to see if FIS was paid. If the rate of FIS was higher than the CCP rate, CCP was not payable; if the rate was lower, the balance of CCP due was payable. Where FIS was not in payment, the persons concerned were invited to apply for it.

Part 2 - CLAIMS, INVESTIGATION AND DECISION PROCEDURES

Claims

When a person signs off the Live Register and indicates that s/he is starting work, the claim should be examined in relation to duration of claim and rate of IQC. If there is a possible entitlement to CCP, the person should be advised accordingly and given claim form CCP 1.

A FIS application form should also be issued to CCP claimants, excluding those commencing self-employment, casual or seasonal work.

A claimant already accepted on the BTW scheme should be advised that there is no financial gain in claiming CCP.

Applications may be accepted anytime within the 13-week period from the date of commencement of employment.

Decisions

Decisions on claims for CCP are made by a Deciding Officer. A decision refusing CCP may be appealed to the Social Welfare Appeals Office.

PART 3 PROCEDURES FOLLOWING AWARD

Payments

Payments of CCP are made by cheque. Three cheques are issued in advance to cover the 13 weeks of the scheme, in weeks 1 and 5 for 4 weeks each and in week 9 for 5 weeks.

In cases where separate payments are being made to couples, the CCP is paid to the person who was receiving the IQC portion of JA/ JB.

Duration of Payment

The increase is payable for 13 weeks from the date the employment begins.

Overlaps with FIS and BTW

Social Welfare Local Offices notify Family Income Supplement (FIS) Section in Longford each week of all CCPs awarded, so that that section can detect any overlapping payments. FIS Section notifies Local Offices of FIS awards for all CCP cases. If the FIS rate is lower than the CCP rate, CCP continues for 13 weeks; if FIS rate is higher, CCP is terminated and payments adjusted as appropriate.

Local Offices also notify FIS Section of any CCP claimants who resume JA/ JB before the end of the 13-week period of the scheme.

A JB/ JA claimant who starts work under the Back-To-Work scheme does not benefit from CCP; if BTW is claimed after CCP has been awarded, the Deciding Officer certifies that the claimant satisfies the conditions for receiving BTW and confirms the weekly amount of CCP payable for 13 weeks, any arrears of BTW due being paid when BTW is awarded.

Termination of Payment

If the employment ceases within 13 weeks, any CCP paid in advance can be treated as paid on account of a IQC due on any subsequent JB/ JA claim. If the full deduction of the IQC would result in financial hardship for the claimant, however, half-rate IQC may be paid and the balance deducted weekly until the overpayment of CCP is recovered.

A person in receipt of CCP who is temporarily laid off but has not been given a form P45, may be paid any balance of the 13 weeks due if s/he resumes employment with the same employer.

A claimant whose employment ceases and who has been given a P45 may again qualify for a 13-week period of CCP on finding new employment, if the conditions for receipt continue to be satisfied.

Requalification

A person who has availed of the CCP and subsequently claims JB/ JA may requalify for CCP if the qualifying conditions are satisfied.


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