Supports for People with Disabilities Returning to Education or Employment


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Supports for people with disabilities returning to education or employment

Back to Education Allowance

The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) aims to give people who left school early and those without third level qualifications a second chance to attain educational qualifications so as to reduce their risk of long term unemployment. BTEA is paid at a standard weekly rate. In addition, an annual Cost of Education Allowance of €500 is payable. Education programmes can range from basic foundation courses through to third level postgraduate courses. You must get the agreement of the Department of Social Protection before taking up a place. For more information, log on to www.welfare.ie.
 

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

This scheme encourages people getting certain social welfare payments to become self-employed. People taking part in the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance scheme can keep a percentage of their social welfare payment for up to two years. For more information, log on to www.welfare.ie.

Working while receiving disability or illness payments

If you are getting a disability payment such as Disability Allowance, Illness Benefit or Invalidity Pension, you may be allowed to take up employment that is considered rehabilitative or therapeutic. You must get the agreement of the Department of Social Protection before taking up employment. For more information, log on to www.welfare.ie.

Family Income Supplement (FIS)

This is a weekly payment for families (with dependent children) at work on low pay. It is not subject to income tax and does not affect whether you can get a medical card. You cannot get FIS if you are taking part in a Community Employment Scheme or any other FÁS schemes (except Job Initiative). For more information, log on to www.welfare.ie
 

Last modified:14/03/2013
 

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