Rates of Payment 2016


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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. 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 €22.50 participation bonus with a minimum payment of €210.50.

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. 

 

​DSP qualifying payment Rate of Payment​
Jobseeker's Allowance/Benefit, Farm Assist​
Equal to your current rate of payment plus €22.50 top-up. Minimum weekly payment of €210.50

One Parent Family Payment​

Equal to your current rate of payment plus €22.50 top-up. Minimum weekly payment of €210.50
Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension​ Equal to your current rate of payment plus €22.50 top-up. Minimum weekly payment of €210.50
Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Non-Contributory Pension​ Equal to your current rate of payment plus €22.50 top-up. Minimum weekly payment of €210.50
Disability Allowance (DA)​ Equal to your current rate of payment plus €22.50 top-up. Minimum weekly payment of €210.50
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 €210.50

Gateway - Local Authority Labour Activation Scheme

Gateway is an employment scheme operated by the Local Authorities. It provides short term work opportunities for those continuously unemployed for more than 24 months and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance at the time of placement or in receipt of Jobseekers Transitional Allowance payment. (No qualifying payment applies to Jobseekers Transitional Allowance).

Generally, the rate of payment for new applicants will be equivalent to the maximum personal rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Transitional Jobseekers Allowance plus a €22.50 top up with a minimum payment of €210.50. 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 Allowance at the time of placement. (No qualifying period applies to Jobseekers Transitional Allowance).

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 €210.50. 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

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.

 

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 per 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 or €14.90 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 Family Income Supplement (FIS) and will have no impact on an individual's FIS 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
€119.00
Rate including an increase for a Qualified Adult
€193.90

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.

There are two levels of payment:

€7,500 over two years for:  

  • A jobseeker who is under 25 years of age and on the live register for at least 4 months (104 days) in the previous 6 months is eligible. This element of the Incentive is co-founded by the European Social Fund.
  • Jobseekers that are at least 12 months (312 days) unemployed and on the Live Register in the previous 18 months.
  • Former One Parent Family customers whose youngest child is 14 years of age or over who transfer to the Live Register and jobseekers in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance Transitional Payment, no qualifying periods applies.

€10,000 over two years for:

  • A jobseeker that is at least 24 months (624 days) on the Live Register in the previous 30 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.

 

JobBridge

JobBridge is the National Internship Scheme that provides work experience placements for interns for either 6 or 9 months. The aim of the Scheme is to help break the cycle where jobseekers are unable to get a job without experience, either because they are new entrants to the labour market after education or training or they are unemployed workers who want to learn new skills.

To qualify for JobBridge, you must have a live qualifying claim and be in receipt of one of the following for a total of 3 months (78 days) or more in the last 6 months:

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Jobseeker's Benefit
  • Jobseeker's Transition Payment
  • One Parent Family Payment
  • Disability Allowance
  • Blind Persons Pension
  • Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory/Non- Contributory Pension
  • Deserted Wives Benefit/Deserted Wives Allowance
  • Signing for credits

The Department of Social Protection will pay you an allowance equivalent to your current social welfare payment plus an additional €52.50 a week while on the Scheme.

For more information, log on to www.jobbridge.ie.

 

First Steps - Youth Developmental Internships

The First Steps program is a variant of JobBridge and part of the EU Youth Guarantee. It offers a young person aged 18 to 24, who has had little or no experience of working, the opportunity to learn basic work skills and social skills while on a placement in a real work situation.

To qualify for First Steps, a person must have a live claim for Jobseekers Allowance, Jobseekers Benefit, or be signing for Credits only, and be claiming/signing for a total of 3 months (78 days) or more in the last 6 months.

Back to Education Allowance

If you are a new entrant on a Social Protection payment, other than an age related jobseekers 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 participation in the scheme. This rate may be subject to review. Where applicable, you may also qualify for increases in respect of a qualified adult and each qualified child.

From 1 January, 2014, if you are a new entrant under 26 years of age on an age related jobseekers, a new personal maximum rate of €160 applies. If means apply they will be assessed against the €160 rate.

The Cost of Education Allowance was discontinued for existing participants from 1 January, 2013.

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

You will qualify for Partial Capacity Benefit if the restriction on capacity is assessed as moderate, severe or profound. If the restriction is assessed as mild the individual will not qualify.

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%

 

If approved for Partial Capacity Benefit there are is no restriction on earnings or number of hours you can work.

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:06/04/2016
 

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