Working with your spouse or civil partner: how it affects your social welfare contributions and entitlements


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The type of benefits and pensions you may qualify for are decided by the class of PRSI you pay. In general, employees pay Class A PRSI and self-employed people pay Class S. The benefits covered by each class are listed below.

Social welfare benefits and pensions under Class A PRSI

  • State Pension (Transition)
  • State Pension (Contributory)
  • Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension
  • Guardian’s Payment (Contributory)
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Occupational Injuries Benefits
  • Treatment Benefit (Dental or Optical)
  • Jobseeker’s Benefit
  • Illness Benefit
  • Carer’s Benefit
  • Maternity Benefit
  • Adoptive Benefit
  • Health and Safety Benefit

Social welfare benefits and pensions under Class S PRSI

  • State Pension (Contributory)
  • Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension
  • Guardian’s Payment (Contributory)
  • Maternity Benefit
  • Adoptive Benefit
 
Last modified:05/08/2014