FIS is payable for 52 weeks as long as you and your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant continue to be engaged in fulltime paid employment or as an employee(s) for at least 38 hours every fortnight.
The FIS rate payable remains the same during this 52 week award period.
There are only 2 instances where your rate can be changed within the 52 week award period.
- 1. Your payment may be increased if you have an additional child (through birth, adoption, fostering, guardianship)
- 2. If, when you last applied for FIS you were getting the One- Parent Family Payment (OFP) and if during the 52 week FIS award period this payment is stopped solely because your youngest child has reached the OFP age threshold, FIS can be increased by reducing the OFP amount assessed in the most recent FIS Income Test to NIL
Other changes in income whether they are increases or decreases do not affect the rate of FIS payable.
At the end of the 52 weeks, you must re-apply for FIS if you still meet the qualifying conditions.
FIS remains in payment for the 52 week period, except where the following occurs:
- You claim Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA), Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB), Farm Assist or Pre-Retirement Allowance (PRETA).
- Your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant claims an increase in their Jobseeker’s payment, Farm Assist or Pre- Retirement Allowance in respect of you,
- You claim Illness Benefit (IB) or Occupational Injury Benefit (OIB) for more than 6 weeks
- You and your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant cease to be engaged in full-time paid employment as employees
- You and your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant hours of employment are reduced below 38 hours per fortnight
- You and/or your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant stop work due to a trade dispute e.g. strike action
- You change address without notifying us
- You and/or your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant take unpaid leave from work
- You and/or your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant fail to make an appointment for a Public Service Card
- You and/or your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant fail to reply to communications from the Department
- You and your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant fail to cooperate with a Social Welfare Inspector