One Parent Family Payment - SW 82

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You may take up work and still keep some or all of your One-Parent Family Payment. However, we take earnings from employment into account when we assess your means. See the example in Section 9 for more information.
You may qualify for employment or education schemes as long as you meet certain conditions.

Back to Work Family Dividend

You may qualify for Back to Work Family Dividend instead of your One-Parent Family Payment if you are in employment or take up employment.

For the first year (52 weeks) the rate of dividend payable is €29.80 in respect of each previously qualified child, subject to a maximum of four eligible children.

This amounts to €29.80 per qualified child, subject to a maximum payment of €119.20 per week (4 x €29.80). This will reduce to 50%, or half that amount, for the second year.

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance - BTWEA

If you are getting One-Parent Family Payment for at least 12 months and you want to become self-employed, you may qualify for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance.
The allowance is payable on a reducing scale over a two year period that is 100% of a person's social welfare payment in year one and 75% in year two..
You do not pay tax or PRSI on the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance. However, your income from employment or selfemployment may be subject to tax and PRSI.
You may also keep any secondary benefits you already have, for example, Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, Rent or Mortgage Interest Supplement.
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You will also keep your medical card for the length of the scheme. For more information, log on to

Community Employment Schemes

From 16 January 2012 new participants on Community Welfare Employment schemes will not be able to claim another social welfare payment including One Parent Family Payment at the same time.
For existing participants on a CE scheme, the qualified child portion of that payment will discontinue from 16 January 2012. The qualified child increase will continue to be paid on OPFP provided you continue to satisfy the conditions of payment.
Last modified:17/08/2015

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