You may get extra payments for a qualified adult and qualified children.
A qualified adult is someone with whom you are married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting.
A qualified child 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.
If you have dependants, your rate of Maternity Benefit (excluding increases for dependants) is compared to the rate of Illness Benefit (including increases for dependants) that would be paid to you if you were absent from work through illness. The higher of the two rates is paid to you.
If the adult dependant is getting a social welfare payment, an Increase for a Qualified Adult (IQA) cannot be paid to you but a half-rate Increase for a Qualified Child (IQC) may be payable.
You will qualify for a full-rate IQA, if your adult dependant is unemployed and signing on for credits or is earning under €100.01 gross per week. If the adult dependant is earning between €100.01 and €310 gross per week, you will get a tapered rate of IQA and a full-rate of IQC. If the adult dependant is earning between €310.01 and €400 gross per week, you will not get an IQA but will get half-rate IQC. If the adult dependant earns over €400 gross per week, you will not get an IQA or IQC.
not get an increase for a qualified adult if they:
have earnings or income (
see note 1
) of more than €310.00 gross per week, or
are receiving a social welfare payment (except Disablement Pension, Death Benefit, Guardian’s Payment (Contributory) and (Non-Contributory), Supplementary Welfare Allowance or Child Benefit) in their own right,
are disqualified from receiving unemployment payments while taking part in a trade dispute,
are getting an Infectious Diseases Maintenance Allowance (IDMA) from the Health Service Executive (HSE),
are taking part in a full-time FÁS non-craft training course.
Note 1: Income includes earnings from self-employment or employment, occupational pensions or savings and investments.
If you have children living with you and you are single, widowed, a surviving civil partner 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,
being supported by you.
You cannot get an Increase for Qualified Child if the child is getting a social welfare or HSE payment in their own right, such as One-Parent Family or Disability Allowance.