Social Welfare Rates for 2018


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Social Insurance Payments
Maximum Weekly Rates
Note: Commencement date of rate increases is week beginning 26 March 2018
Personal Rate Increase for a Qualified Adult Qualified Child Increase 2017/2018
 
2017
2018
2017
2018
 
State Pension (Contributory)
 
Under Age 80
€238.30
€243.30
€158.80
(Note1)
€162.10
(Note 1)
€31.80
Age 80 and over
€248.30
€253.30
€213.50
(Note 2)
€218.00
(Note 2)
€31.80
Widow's/Widower's/Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension/Deserted Wife's Benefit
 
Under Age 66
€198.50
€203.50
 
 
Aged 66 and under Age 80
€238.30
€243.30
 
 
Aged 80 and over
€248.30
€253.30
 
€31.80
Invalidity Pension
€198.50
€203.50
€141.70
€145.30
€31.80
Telephone Support Allowance
2.50 per week with effect from June 2018
Carer's Benefit/Constant Attendance Allowance
€210.00
€215.00
 
€31.80
Disablement Benefit
€224.00
€229.00
 
 
Jobseeker's/Illness/Health & Safety/Injury Benefit
€193.00
€198.00
€128.10
€131.40
€31.80
Maternity/Adoptive Benefit/ Paternity
€235.00
€240.00
     
Death Benefit        
Under Age 66
€223.50
€228.50
 
€31.80
Aged 66 and under Age 80
€242.70
€247.70
 
€31.80
Aged 80 and over
€252.70
€257.70
 
€31.80

 

Social Assistance Payments
Maximum Weekly Rates Personal Rate Increase for a Qualified Adult Qualified Child Increase 2017/2018
 
2017
2018
2017
2018
 
 
State Pension (Non-Contributory)
 
 
Aged 66 and under Age 80
€227.00
€232.00
€150.00
€153.30
€31.80
Age 80 and over
€237.00
€242.00
 
 
€31.80
Telephone Support Allowance
2.50 per week with effect from June 2018
Carer's Allowance
 
Under Age 66
€209.00
€214.00
 
€31.80
Aged 66 and over
€247.00
€252.00
 
€31.80
Disability Allowance/Blind Pension
€193.00
€198.00
€128.10
€131.40
€31.80
Widow's/Widower's/Surviving Civil Partner's (Non-Contributory) Pension
€193.00
€198.00
 
 
One-Parent Family Payment
€193.00
€198.00
 
 
€31.80
Pre-Retirement/Desterted Wife's Allowance
€193.00
€198.00
€128.10
€131.40
€31.80
Jobseeker's Allowance - Aged 26 or Over
€193.00  €198.00 €128.10  €131.40  €31.80
Aged 25
 €147.80  €152.80  €128.10  €131.40 €31.80
Aged 18-24
€102.70 €107.70 €102.70  €107.70  €31.80
Supplementary Welfare Allowance - Aged 26 or Over
 €191.00  €196.00  €128.10  €131.40  €31.80 
Aged 25
€147.80  €152.80  €128.10  €131.40  
Aged 18-24
 €102.70   €107.70   €102.70   €107.70 
Farm Assist
€193.00
€198.00
€128.10
€131.40
€31.80

 

Note1: for those under age 66 years

Note2: for those aged 66 years or over

 

Working Family Payment (formerly FIS)
Family Size 2017 Income Limit 2018 Income Limit
1 child
€511.00
€521.00 
2 children
€612.00
€622.00 
3 children
€713.00
€723.00 
4 children
€834.00
€834.00 
5 children
€960.00
€960.00 
6 children
€1,076.00
€1,076.00 
7 children
€1,212.00
€1,212.00 
8 children or more
€1,308.00
€1,308.00 
The level of WFP payment will continue to be based on 60% of the shortfall between net weekly family income and the applicable weekly family threshold.

  

Child Benefit
2017 Rate​ 2018 Rate​
​Monthly Rate
​€140.00 per child
​€140.00 per child 

Twins – Child Benefit is paid at one and half times (150%) the normal monthly rate for each child.
All other multiple births – Child Benefit is paid at double (200%) the normal monthly rate for each child.​ ​ ​

 

Other Social Welfare Payments
  2017 weekly 2018 weekly
Guardians Payment (Contributory) €176.00 €181.00
Guardians Payment (Non-Contributory) €176.00 €181.00
  2017 monthly 2018 monthly
Fuel Allowance
 (Fuel Season in 2018 for 27 weeks)
€22.50 €22.50
Domiciliary Care Allowance €309.50 €309.50
  2017 annually 2018 annually
Carer's Support Grant €1,700.00 €1,700.00
  2017 - once off payment 2018 - once off payment
Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant €6,000.00 €6,000.00

 

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Last modified:10/10/2017