Minister Doherty urges new fathers to claim Paternity Benefit


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As the first Anniversary of the introduction of Paternity Benefit approaches, Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty, T.D. has launched an awareness campaign to encourage new or expectant fathers to apply for the two weeks payment from her Department. Employed and self-employed fathers with the correct PRSI contributions are entitled to receive Paternity Benefit.

Paternity Benefit is available from the Department of Social Protection to parents of children born or placed in adoption.  Currently, it is payable at a minimum rate of €235 per week for two weeks for employees and self-employed people who are on Paternity Leave from work.  It is available for up to 26 weeks after the child’s birth or adoption placement, and it is also available to same sex couples.

Minister Doherty said: The purpose of Paternity Benefit is to support new fathers to take time off work within the first 26 weeks following the birth of their child.

New parents can choose to apply online for Paternity Benefit if they have a Public Services Card. Applications made online benefit from an automated decision process, where all conditions are fulfilled the person concerned will receive an award notification within seconds.  Alternatively, anyone experiencing difficulty with making an online claim can  contact my Department by e-mail and will receive a paper form. Full details are available on the Departments website; http://www.welfare.ie/paternitybenefit.

“I would strongly urge all eligible parents to consider applying for Paternity Benefit when they take paternity leave.  It is a precious time for new parents and the Department recognises how important this stage of family life is for parents.

“It is important that we continue to work to eliminate barriers to employment and education so as to ensure that we can deliver a Republic of opportunity that is fair to all - Paternity Benefit is a small but powerful support for young families in achieving just that.

“This Government continues to prioritise the introduction of universal measures such as Paternity Benefit, affordable childcare and back to school allowances, with a view to supporting every family in this Republic. ”           

Further information

To qualify for Paternity Benefit, a person must satisfy social insurance contribution conditions. The scheme is available to employees paying PRSI Class A, E or H contributions and to self-employed people paying PRSI Class S contributions.

Employees will need to give four weeks’ notice to their employer to qualify for the accompanying Paternity Leave.

Full information on Paternity Benefit and how to apply for the benefit and a Public Services Card is available online at www.welfare.ie

Statistics on the number of new fathers who have availed of Paternity Benefit since its introduction last September, follow: 

PATERNITY BENEFIT AWARDED - Claimants by County Breakdown

County

Sept - Dec 16

Jan
2017

Feb
2017

Mar 2017

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

Total Awarded

Carlow

64

18

15

29

15

20

34

25

220

Cavan

75

39

29

43

39

29

46

46

346

Clare

107

31

31

66

39

49

76

60

459

Cork

634

206

224

295

184

298

415

346

2602

Donegal

155

38

53

60

53

71

90

67

587

Dublin

1345

465

463

645

434

655

912

812

5731

Galway

284

96

102

141

92

145

164

135

1159

Kerry

127

49

57

77

36

59

79

69

553

Kildare

234

88

94

108

84

127

202

115

1052

Kilkenny

115

44

43

45

27

51

50

53

428

Laois

65

29

31

29

31

54

48

32

319

Leitrim

43

11

10

13

12

15

15

19

138

Limerick

195

47

63

94

72

75

128

114

788

Longford

40

15

19

16

10

13

15

16

144

Louth

141

36

48

62

40

57

78

71

533

Mayo

144

39

36

61

36

71

67

77

531

Meath

209

71

80

103

68

97

145

100

873

Monaghan

69

22

16

34

21

22

41

41

266

Offaly

73

24

26

36

41

39

57

23

319

Roscommon

56

23

20

30

27

30

36

30

252

Sligo

71

25

24

32

20

34

43

35

284

Tipperary

151

59

54

65

49

72

102

82

634

Waterford

129

39

37

58

34

51

69

56

473

Westmeath

101

31

39

45

23

38

54

50

381

Wexford

140

54

42

58

52

81

98

72

597

Wicklow

145

67

48

76

40

70

97

68

611

Others

20

6

3

11

10

12

17

16

95

TOTAL AWARDS

4932

1672

1707

2332

1589

2335

3178

2630

20375

Last modified:09/08/2017