Community Employment programme
The Community Employment (CE) programme is designed to help people who
are long-term unemployed and other disadvantaged people to get back to work
by offering part-time and temporary placements in jobs based within local
communities. DSP gives financial support in the form of allowances and funding
to assist with the Community Employment schemes. The rate of payment for
new applicants based on 19.5 hours worked will be the equivalent to your
existing DSP payment plus a €20 participation bonus with a minimum payment
Rural Social Scheme
The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) provides income support for farmers and
fishermen who are in receipt of certain Department of Social Protection (DSP)
payments. The rates of payment payable for participating on RSS depend on
your qualifying DSP payment. The following table outlines the rate of payment
for certain participants.
Jobseeker’s Allowance/Benefit, Farm Assist
|Equal to your current rate of payment|
plus €20 top-up. Minimum weekly
payment of €208
One Parent Family Payment
|Equal to your current rate of payment plus €20 top-up. Minimum weekly payment of €208|
|Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension
||You continue to receive the pension with a top-up of €20|
|Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Non-Contributory Pension
||You continue to receive the pension with a top-up of €20 - minimum combined payment of €208|
|Disability Allowance (DA)
||Equal to your current rate of payment plus €20 top-up. Minimum weekly payment of €208|
|Qualified Adult on a State Pension (Non-Contributory) (IQA)
||Your spouse will continue to receive the IQA payment. Your rate on the RSS will be the difference between your IQA payment and €208|
Tús - Community Work Placement Initiative
Tús provides short-term quality and suitable work placement opportunities in
the community and voluntary sector for people who have been unemployed for
1 year or more and are in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance at the time of
The rate of payment for new applicants will be equivalent to your existing
Jobseeker’s Allowance plus a €20 top-up with a minimum payment of €208.
Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
Only payable for 2 years to new applicants from 01 May 2009.
Those who started on the scheme prior to 1 May 2009 will continue to receive support at 50% in year 3 and 25% in year 4.
Short-Term Enterprise Allowance
- 100% of Jobseekers Benefit entitlement for the duration of entitlement which may be up to 12 months.
Part-time Job Incentive Scheme
||Rate per week |
|Rate including an increase for a Qualified Adult
Your pay from the part-time job will not effect the supplement.
JobBridge is a National Internship Scheme that provides work experience
placements for interns for a 6 or 9 month period. Interns receive an allowance
of €50 per week on top of their existing social welfare entitlement. This is
payable for the period of the internship.
Back to Education Allowance
From 1 January, 2013, if you are a new entrant over 25 years of age who
qualifies for the Back to Education Allowance, the weekly rate payable will be
equal to your previous Social Protection payment that actually qualified you for
participation in the scheme.
If you are a new entrant under 25 years of age, a new personal maximum rate of
€160 applies from 1 January, 2013. Where applicable, you may also qualify for
increases in respect of a qualified adult and each qualified child.
Those engaged with BTEA prior to 1 January 2013 will not be affected by the
Budget 2013 changes to the weekly rate of payment. The Cost of Education
Allowance has been discontinued for existing and new participants from 1
Partial Capacity Benefit
|Aged under 65