If you are getting a Disablement Pension and you are unfit for work, you may qualify for Disability Benefit based on your PRSI record. See information booklet
SW 119 for more details.
If you do not qualify for Illness Benefit, you may be entitled to Incapacity Supplement.
This is an increase with Disablement Pension if you are permanently incapable of work because of a work related accident or disease and you do not qualify for another social welfare payment such as Illness Benefit.
If you are getting Incapacity Supplement you may get an increase for any qualified adult or children.
Who is a qualified adult?
If you are married or living with someone as husband and wife and you are wholly or mainly supporting them, you may be entitled to an increase for them as a qualified adult.
You may get the increase for a person who is caring for any child(ren) living with you if you are single, widowed or separated, provided the person is aged 16 or over, living with and being supported by you.
You will not get an increase for a qualifed adult if they:
- have a weekly income of more than €280.00, (if their weekly gross income is between €100.00 and €280.00 you may get a reduced increase with your payment),
- are getting a social welfare or Health Service Executive payment in their own right,
- cannot receive unemployment payments while taking part in a trade dispute.
Qualified Child Increase
You can claim an increase for a child under age 18 who normally lives with and is being supported by you.
You may also get an increase for a child aged 18 and up to age 22 if they are in full-time education by day.
Rate of Qualified Child Increase
If you qualify for an increase for your spouse or partner, you will get the full Qualified Child Increase.
If you do not qualify for an increase for a qualified adult, you will get half the Qualified Child Increase.
If your spouse or partner is getting a social welfare payment in their own right, they will get half the Qualified Child Increase appropriate to their payment and you will get half the Qualified Child Increase with your Incapacity Supplement.
You cannot get an increase for a child who is getting a social welfare payment in their own right, for example, Disability Allowance or One-Parent Family Payment.
How to apply
If you feel that you may qualify for Unemployability Supplement, you should complete part 6 of the claim form
OB 21, and send it to:
Disablement Benefit Section
Social Welfare Services Office
Telephone: Longford (043) 334 00 00
Dublin (01) 704 3000
The rates charged for the use of 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers.
Constant Attendance Allowance:
This allowance can be paid weekly as an increase to a Disablement Pension if you are so seriously disabled that you need someone to help you at home everyday with your personal needs for at least 6 months.
This allowance is not paid where Carer's Allowance or Carer's Benefit is paid in respect of the same individual.
This allowance is paid directly to the person who is disabled. They do not need to have any specific carer, it is intended to allow them to pay for any care that is needed.
To qualify for this, you must be assessed as having lost at least half of your physical and mental abilities. The rate of Constant Attendance Allowance is shown in the Rates of Payment booklet
You may get an annual Respite Grant with Constant Attendance Allowance if you are getting the allowance on the first Thursday in June of that year. See Rates of Payment booklet
SW 19, and Respite Care Grant booklet
SW 113 for more details.
From September 2007 it may be possible to obtain a half rate Carer's Allowance in addition to another social welfare entitlement.