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  • For new and existing claimants, income from employment as a home help funded by the HSE will be assessed in means tests for social assistance schemes. Affected persons will benefit from the existing earnings disregards in line with all other employees. (January 2012)
  • The amount of earnings disregarded for the purposes of the One Parent Family Payment means test will be reduced from €146.50 to €130.00 per week in 2012 for new and existing recipients. Further reductions will be introduced over the following 4 years. (January 2012)
  • Income from weekly carers payments will be included for the purposes of calculating entitlement to Family Income Supplement in line with other welfare payments. (January 2012 for new applicants and on renewal for all others)
  • The temporary payment of half of the rate of One Parent Family Payment where the recipient's earnings exceed €425 per week will be discontinued. Existing recipients of the temporary payment will not be affected. (January 2012)
Last modified:05/12/2011

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