Yes, you may get extra payments for a qualified adult and qualified children.
Who is a qualified adult?
A qualified adult is someone you are married to or living with as husband and wife and who you are wholly or mainly maintaining.
If your spouse or partner is earning €100.00 per week or less you will get a full increase for a qualified adult. If their earnings are between €100.01 and €310.00 gross per week, you will receive a reduced rate of the increase for a qualified adult.
If you have children living with you and you are single, widowed or separated, you may get an increase for the person who is caring for your child(ren), as long as the person is:
- aged 16 or over,
- living with you, and
- being supported by you.
You will not get an increase for a qualified adult if they:
- have earnings or income (*Income includes earnings from self-employment or employment, occupational pensions or savings and investments) of more than €310.00 gross per week, or,
- are receiving a social welfare payment (except Disablement Pension, Death Benefit, Orphan’s Contributory Allowance, Orphan’s Non-Contributory Pension, Supplementary Welfare Allowance or Child Benefit) in their own right, or,
- are disqualified from receiving unemployment payments while taking part in a trade dispute, or,
- are getting an Infectious Diseases Maintenance Allowance (IDMA) from the Health Service Executive (HSE), or
- are taking part in a full-time FÁS non-craft training course.
Who is a qualified child?
This is a child who normally lives with you and is being maintained by you up to the end of the academic year in which they reach age 18, or
they are aged 18 to 22 and in full time education by day at a recognised school or college.
Rate of Qualified Child Increase
If you qualify for an increase for your spouse or partner, you will get the full rate Qualified Child Increase for your child(ren).
If you do not qualify for an increase for your spouse or partner, you will get half the Qualified Child Increase for your child(ren) if your spouse or partner has an income of less than €400 per week.
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 Increase with your Health and Safety Benefit.
You cannot get a Qualified Child Increase for a child if the child is getting a social welfare or HSE payment in their own right, such as One-Parent Family Payment or Disability Allowance.