Increase for Living on A Specified Island


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INDEX

PART 1 : GENERAL
Description of Scheme
Legislation
Qualifying Conditions
Administration

PART 2 : CLAIMS, INVESTIGATIONS and DECISION PROCEDURES
Claims
Investigation
Decisions
Appeals
Payment

APPENDIX 1 : LIST
List of Islands prescribed for the purposes of payment of the Island increase


PART 1 : GENERAL

Description of Scheme

The increase for living on a specified island (Island Increase) is an increase in weekly payment of certain payments from the Department of Social Protection (see below) who are aged 66 or over and are ordinarily resident on an island off the coast of Ireland. The objective of the scheme is to compensate for the additional costs of living on these specified islands (see Appendix 1) when compared to people resident on the mainland.

Legislation

The legislative basis for the payment of Island Increase is contained in the provisions of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 (No. 26 of 2005), as amended, and the Social Welfare (Consolidated Claims, Payments and Control) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 142 of 2007), as amended.

 

Qualifying Conditions

A person will qualify for an Island Increase if s/he

  • ordinarily lives on an island off the coast of Ireland, as specified in Appendix 1, and
  • is aged 66 or over, and
  • is getting one of the following payments from the Department of Social Protection:
    - State Pension (contributory or non-contributory)
    - Blind Person's Pension
    - State Pension (Transition)
    - Invalidity Pension
    - Widow(er)s (contributory and non-contributory) Pension
    - Carer's Allowance
    - One Parent Family Payment
    - Widow(er)s Benefit under the Occupational Injuries Benefit Scheme

A person will also qualify if s/he is aged under 66 and is getting one of the following payments from the Department of Social Protection:

  • Invalidity Pension
  • Disability Allowance
  • Incapacity Supplement
  • Blind Pension

A person getting an equivalent payment in another EU country and who satisfies the above conditions may also qualify.

Administration

The Island Increase is administered by the section/office dealing with the qualifying payment. An Island Allowance payable with State Pension (contributory and non-contributory), Blind Person's Pension, Retirement Pension, Widow(er)s (contributory and non-contributory) Pension, One Parent Family Payment or Widow(er)s Benefit under the Occupational Injuries Benefit Scheme is administered by the Social Wefare Services Office, College Road, Sligo.

For Invalidity Pension, Disability Allowance and Carer's Allowance the Island Increase is administered by the Social Welfare Services Office, Ballinalee Road, Longford.

PART 2 : CLAIMS, INVESTIGATION and DECISION PROCEDURES

Claims

Where a person indicates on the application form for the qualifying payment as listed in Part 1 that s/he is ordinarily resident on one of the islands specified in Appendix 1, the entitlement to the Island Increase is decided upon in conjunction with the decision in respect of the qualifying payment. Persons reaching age 66 subsequent to the award of the qualifying payment are identified by way of a computer scan, and the allowance is awarded automatically.

Investigation of claim

Entitlement to the allowance is decided on the basis of the information furnished by the person on the application form for the qualifying payment.

Decisions

All claims are decided by Deciding Officers appointed by the Minister under Section 299 Social Welfare (consolidation) Act 2005. A notification of the decision to award the allowance is issued to the claimant.

Appeals

Where a person is refused an Island Increase, s/he may appeal the disallowance to the Chief Appeals Officer, Social Welfare Appeals Office, D'Olier House, D'Olier Street, Dublin 2.

Payment

The payment continues to be payable for as long as the condition of ordinarily residing on a specified island is satisfied.

Appendix 1

List of Islands prescribed for the purpose of payment of the Island Increase

  • An tOileán Ruaidh (also known as Island Roy), Co. Donegal
  • Árainn Mhór, Co. Donegal,
  • Árainn, Co. Galway,
  • Bere Island, Co. Cork,
  • Claggan Island, Co. Mayo,
  • Clare Island, Co. Mayo,
  • Cléire, Co. Cork,
  • Clynish, Co. Mayo,
  • Coney Island, Co. Sligo,
  • Dernish Island, Moneygold, Co. Sligo,
  • Dursey Island, Co. Cork,
  • Fenit Island, Co. Kerry,
  • Foynes Island, Co. Limerick,
  • Gabhla, Co. Donegal,
  • Heir Island (also know as Inishodriscol), Co. Cork,
  • Inis Bearachain, Co. Galway,
  • Inis Bigil, Co. Mayo,
  • Inis Bó Finne, Co. Donegal,
  • Inis Fraoich Uachtarach, Co. Donegal,
  • Inis Meáin, Co. Galway,
  • Inis Mhic Chionnaith, Co. Galway,
  • Inis Oírr, Co. Galway,
  • Inis Treabhair, Co. Galway,
  • Inishboffin, Co. Galway,
  • Inishcottle, Co. Mayo,
  • Inishgort, Co. Mayo,
  • Inishlyre, Co. Mayo,
  • Inishnakillew, Co. Mayo,
  • Inishturk Beg, Co. Mayo,
  • Inishturk, Co. Mayo,
  • Inse Ghainnimh, Co. Galway,
  • Islandmore, Co. Mayo
  • Lambay Island, Co. Dublin,
  • Long Island, Co. Cork,
  • Omey Island, Co. Galway,
  • Sherkin Island, Co. Cork,
  • Toraigh, Co. Donegal, and
  • Whiddy Island, Co. Cork.

Last modified:27/04/2016
 

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