Section 3: Other payments and Illness Benefit


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  1. I am getting another Social Welfare payment at present. If I claim Illness Benefit and qualify for payment, will it be paid to me in addition to my other Social Welfare payment?

  2. Are there any other benefits/services available to me while I am receiving Illness Benefit?

  3. Can I get help with my rent while I am receiving Illness Benefit?

  4. Am I entitled to the Household Benefits package or Free Travel, while claiming Illness Benefit?

  5. Can I claim Illness Benefit while in receipt of Health and Safety Benefit?

1. I am getting another Social Welfare payment at present.  If I claim Illness Benefit and qualify for payment, will it be paid to me in addition to my other Social Welfare payment?

Illness Benefit may be paid together with any of the following Social Welfare payments:

  1. Widow’s/Widower’s and Surviving Civil Partner Pensions (which includes Occupational Widow’s/Widower’s Pension), provided that the rate of payment is at a reduced rate.
  2. One-Parent Family Payment (which includes Deserted Wives Benefit, Deserted Wives Allowance and Prisoner’s Wives Allowance), provided that the rate of payment is at a reduced rate.

    Note:
    If you are receiving one of the payments mentioned at i or ii above, a reduced rate only of Illness Benefit is payable, so that the combined amount of both payments is not greater than the actual rate of Illness Benefit to which you are entitled.

    Illness Benefit is not payable if you are getting any of the payments mentioned at i or ii above at the full rate.  This does not affect your entitlement to submit Social Welfare Medical Certificates and claim Credited Contributions, to maintain the continuity of your PRSI record, while you are unable to work due to illness.

  3. Blind Pension: If you are getting Blind Pension you may also get Illness Benefit if you are ill and unable to work and you satisfy the PRSI conditions.
  4. Carer's Allowance: If you are getting Illness Benefit and you satisfy the conditions for Carer's Allowance, you may get half the personal rate of Carer's Allowance along with your Illness Benefit payment.  It may also be possible for you to receive an Increase for a Qualified Adult for someone on your Illness Benefit claim while they receive a half rate Carer's Allowance for caring for you or someone else.
  5. Disablement Benefit: If you are getting Disablement Benefit you may also get Illness Benefit if you are ill and unable to work and satisfy the PRSI conditions, provided that the Disablement Benefit does not include an increase for Incapacity Supplement.
  6. Domiciliary Care Allowance/Carer's Support Grant (formerly Respite Care Grant): Illness Benefit is also payable if you are getting Domiciliary Care Allowance/Carer's Support Grant (formerly Respite Care Grant).
  7. Family Income Supplement (FIS): If you are receiving Family Income Supplement, payment may continue with Illness Benefit for up to 36 days (6 weeks).
  8. Back to Work Family Dividend: If you are receiving the Back to Work Family Dividend, payment may continue with Illness Benefit for up to 36 days (6 weeks).

2. Are there any other benefits/services available to me while I am receiving Illness Benefit?

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme (SWA)

Under this scheme you may get:

  • Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA), as a “top-up” payment if your rate of Illness Benefit is below the maximum rate of SWA.
  • Exceptional Needs Payments
  • Heating Supplement
  • Rent Supplement
  • Urgent Needs Payments

For more information, log on to www.welfare.ie, or contact the Department's representative at the local Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection office administering Supplementary Welfare Allowance.

You may also qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance for your dependent children.

Services provided by the Health Service Executive (HSE)

Contact your local HSE office or log on to their website www.hse.ie for detailed information on all of the services available. Examples of some of these are:

  • Medical Card
  • GP Visit Card
  • Drugs Payment Scheme
  • Long-term Illness Scheme

3. Can I get help with my rent while I am receiving Illness Benefit?

Under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) scheme you may be entitled to some assistance with rent payments.  Contact the Department's representative at the local Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection office administering  SWA)


4. Am I entitled to the Household Benefits package or Free Travel, while claiming Illness Benefit?

No, Illness Benefit is a short-term scheme and does not attract extra benefits such as Free Travel or the Household Benefits package.


5. Can I claim Illness Benefit while in receipt of Health and Safety Benefit?

No, Illness Benefit is not payable with Health and Safety Benefit (HSB).  However, if you become unfit for work due to illness while in receipt of HSB you would have to terminate your health and safety leave in favour of sick leave.  You could then submit a claim to Illness Benefit.


See response to Q.1 (Section 1) for details on how to apply for Illness Benefit and Q.2 (Section 1) for the PRSI contribution conditions.

Last modified:22/03/2016