Deserted Wife's Allowance


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Introduction

Deserted Wife's Allowance is a means-tested payment made to women under 66 years without dependent children, who were deserted by their husband and who do not qualify for Deserted Wife's Benefit. Deserted Wife's Allowance was closed off to new applications from 2 January 1997 when the One Parent Family Payment was introduced.

Some women continue to receive Deserted Wife's Allowance because they qualified for the payment before 2 January 1997 and have continued to meet the qualifying criteria.

Rules

Deserted Wife's Allowance is a payment made to a woman deserted by her husband and who did not qualify for Deserted Wife's Benefit (because there were insufficient PRSI contributions recorded on either her own or her husband’s insurance record before the date of desertion). Deserted Wife's Allowance is paid until your 66th birthday. You can then apply for a State Pension (Non Contributory).

Rates

In 2014 Deserted Wife's Allowance is €188 per week.

How to apply

It is no longer possible to apply for Deserted Wife's Allowance. The payment has been closed to new applicants since January 1997.

If you are getting Deserted Wife's Allowance, you may be entitled to extra benefits from the Department of Social Protection including Living Alone Allowance and the Household Benefits Package when you turn 66.

Where to apply

For more information about Deserted Wife's Allowance contact:

Department of Social Protection

Deserted Wife's Payments Section
College Road
Sligo
Ireland

Tel:(071) 915 7100
Locall:1890 500 000
Homepage: http://www.welfare.ie

Last modified:03/04/2014
 

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