Illness Benefit - SW 119

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  • Widow’s/Widower’s and Surviving Civil Partner Pensions (which includes Occupational Widow’s/Widower’s Pension),
  • One-Parent Family Payment (which includes Deserted Wives Benefit, Deserted Wives Allowance and Prisoner’s Wives Allowance).

You can make a claim to Illness Benefit if you are getting a reduced rate of any of the above payments. You may also get a reduced rate of Illness Benefit, so that the combined amount of both payments is not greater than the rate of Illness Benefit to which you are entitled.

Illness Benefit is not payable if you are getting any of the above payments at the full rate. This does not affect your entitlement to submit Social Welfare Medical Certificates and claim Credited Contributions, to maintain the continuity of your PRSI record, while you are unable to work due to illness.

Blind Pension

If you are getting Blind Pension you may also get Illness Benefit if you are ill and unable to work and you satisfy the PRSI conditions.

Carer's Allowance

If you are getting Illness Benefit and you satisfy the conditions for Carer's Allowance, you may get half the personal rate of Carer's Allowance along with your Illness Benefit payment.

It may also be possible for you to receive an Increase for a Qualified Adult for someone on your Illness Benefit claim while they receive a half rate Carer's Allowance for caring for you or someone else.

Disablement Benefit

If you are getting Disablement Benefit you may also get Illness Benefit if you are ill and unable to work and satisfy the PRSI conditions, provided that the Disablement Benefit does not include an increase for Incapacity Supplement.

Domiciliary Care Allowance/Respite Care Grant

Illness Benefit is also payable if you are getting Domiciliary Care Allowance/Carer's Support Grant.

Family Income Supplement (FIS)

If you are receiving Family Income Supplement, payment may continue with Illness Benefit for up to 6 weeks.

Last modified:08/09/2016

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