Rates of Payment 2018 - SW19


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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/training opportunities in jobs based within local communities. The Department 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 Social Welfare payment plus a €22.50 participation bonus with a minimum weekly payment of €215.50* increasing to €220.50* from March 2018 (budget increase).

*You may receive extra payment in respect of a qualified adult dependent and qualified child dependents.

Rural Social Scheme

The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) provides income support for farmers and fishermen who are in receipt of certain Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) payments. The rates of payment payable for participating on RSS depend on your qualifying DEASP payment. The following table outlines the rate of payment for certain participants. 

 

​DSP qualifying payment Rate of Payment​
Jobseeker's Allowance, Transitional Jobseekers Allowance, Farm Assist​, One Family Parent Payment, Widow’s Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory/Non Contributory Pension or Disability Allowance
Equal to the maximum personal rate of payment plus €22.50 top-up. Minimum weekly payment of €215.50* increasing to €220.50* from March 2018 (budget increase)
Qualified Adult on a State Pension (Non-Contributory) (IQA) if actively farming​ Your spouse will continue to receive the IQA payment. Your rate on the RSS will be the difference between your IQA payment and €215.50* or €220.50* from March 2018

*You may receive extra payment in respect of a qualified adult dependent and qualified child dependents.


 

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 continuously unemployed for 1 year or more and are in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance or Jobseekers Transitional Payment at the time of placement. (No qualifying period applies to Jobseekers Transitional Payment).

Generally, the rate of payment for new applicants will be equivalent to the maximum personal rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance plus a €22.50 top-up with a minimum payment of €215.50* increasing to €220.50* from March 2018 (budget increase).

*You may receive extra payment in respect of a qualified adult dependent and qualified child dependents.

 

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

  • 100% of social welfare payment for the first year
  • 75% of social welfare payment for the second year

 

Back to Work Family Dividend

Back to Work Family Dividend is available to One-Parent Family Payment recipients, Jobseeker's Allowance Transition recipients and persons with children who have been receiving Jobseeker's Allowance for more than one year, who leave these schemes to take up employment or self-employment.

Under this arrangement a dividend worth €29.80 (increasing to €31.80 from
March 2018) a week per child will be paid for each child (up to a limit of 4 children) in full for the first year in employment, and they will retain half the payment that is €15.90 per child for the second year in employment.

To be eligible for the dividend there must not be any other claim in respect of the children concerned.

The Back to Work Family Dividend can be paid at the same time with the
Working Family Payment (WFP) (fomerly Family Income Supplement) and will
have no impact on an individual’s WFP entitlement.

 

Short-Term Enterprise Allowance

  • 100% of Jobseekers Benefit entitlement for the duration of entitlement which may be up to 9 months.

 

Part-time Job Incentive Scheme

  Rate per week
Personal Rate
€125.40
Rate including an increase for a Qualified Adult
€204.50

Your pay from the part-time job will not effect the supplement.

 

JobsPlus Incentive

JobsPlus is an incentive designed to encourage employers and businesses to focus their recruitment efforts on those who have been out of work for long periods and on young people seeking employment.

JobsPlus provides a direct monthly financial incentive to employers in the form of a monthly grant paid over two years with two levels of grant payable - €7,500 or €10,000 provided the employment is maintained. The level of payment depends on the length of time the employee was unemployed and on the Live Register and is paid monthly in arrears.

€7,500 over two years for:  

  • Jobseekers who are under 25 years of age and on the Live Register for at least 4 months (104 days) in the previous 6 months. This element of the Incentive is co-founded by the European Social Fund.
  • Jobseekers who are over 25 and under 50 years of age and at least 12 months (312 days) on the Live Register in the previous 18 months.
  • Former One Parent Family customers whose youngest child is 7 years of age or over who transfer to the Live Register and are in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance Transitional Payment, no qualifying periods applies.
  • Refugees who are in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, no qualifying period
    applies.

€10,000 over two years for:

  • Jobseekers who are at least 36 months (936 days) on the Live Register in the previous 42 months.
  • Jobseekers who are over 50 years of age and are at least 12 months (312 days) on the Live Register in the previous 18 months.

Persons pursuing internships under JobBridge, CE Schemes, TÚS, Gateway or training courses provided by SOLAS/ETB who were in receipt of a qualifying payment prior to same, may also be employed directly into full-time employment once the qualifying period and conditions are satisfied.

In order to qualify an employer can have their eligibility assessed by registering on www.jobsplus.ie. An employer must be tax compliant and be employing an employee directly from the Live Register. The employer must offer full-time employment of at least 30 hours a week, spanning at least 4 days to eligible employees.

Likewise a prospective employee can have their eligibility for JobsPlus assessed by registering on www.jobsplus.ie.

All prospective employees approved for this incentive are notified by post and receive a form titled JP1. Employees must complete Part (A) of this form on starting employment and you as the employer must verify the employment details on Part (B) of the form.

It is open to employers to verify with prospective employees if they are eligible for the JobsPlus incentive.

 

Back to Education Allowance

If you are a new entrant on a Employment Affairs and Social Protection payment, who qualifies for the Back to Education Allowance, the weekly rate payable will be equal to your previous payment that actually qualified you for the participation in the scheme. This rate may be subject to review. Where applicable, you may qualify for increases in respect of a qualified adult and each qualified child.

The Cost of Education Allowance of €500 per year is payable to participants with children.

Under Aged 26

The personal maximum rate of €198 per week will apply to participants of Back to Education Allowance on age related rates of jobseeker’s allowance. If means apply, they will be assessed against the €198 rate.

Partial Capacity Benefit

Partial Capacity Benefit is a social welfare scheme which allows individuals in receipt of an Illness Benefit payment for a minimum of 6 months or Invalidity Pension to return to work (if they have a reduced capacity to work) and continue to receive a payment from this Department.

You will qualify for Partial Capacity Benefit if, following assessment by a Medical Assessor of the Department, the restriction on capacity is assessed as moderate, severe or profound. If the restriction is assessed as mild the individual will not qualify.

You may not work until you have received written approval to do so from this Department.

The personal rate of payment is based on the medical assessments and is outlined below:

​ ​

Medical

Assessment​

% or your personal rate of Illness Benefit or Invalidity
Pension payment
​Moderate ​Severe ​Profound
​50% ​75% ​100%

 

Subject to approval from your own doctor, there is no restriction on earnings or number of hours you can work if approved for Partial Capacity Benefit.

Payment lasts as long as an underlying entitlement to payment of Illness Benefit or Invalidity Pension exists. Partial Capacity Benefit is subject to review and reassessment.

Last modified:08/01/2018
 

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