If you are a lone parent on low earnings, you may be entitled to FIS as well as your One-Parent Family Payment, or Deserted Wife’s Benefit, or Widows, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension.
If you are getting Back to Work Allowance as an employee, you may qualify for FIS.
If you are getting FIS and you become ill, you can get it with Illness Benefit for up to 6 weeks.
You cannot get FIS if you already get:
- Jobseeker’s Benefit or Allowance,/Tús/JobBridge
- Farm Assist,
- State Pension (Transition), or
- Pre-Retirement Allowance.
If your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant is getting one of these payments, you may still qualify for FIS. However, they cannot claim an increase in their payment in respect of you (for example an Increase for a Qualified Adult) and their social welfare payment will be assessed as income for FIS purposes.