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Child Benefit

Child Benefit Rates
  Rate per month
1st and 2nd child
�166.00
3rd and subsequent children
�203.00

Multiple Births Special Grant Rates
Multiple births Rate of Payment
Birth
�635.00
At age 4
�635.00
At age 12
�635.00

Twins � Child Benefit is paid at one and a half times (150%) the
            normal monthly rate for each child.
All other multiple births � Double the normal monthly rate of Child
                                     Benefit is paid.

Note:

Children over 18 � Child Benefit is paid at half the normal rate
                            (50%) for each qualified child aged 18 from
                            January 2009.
Where Child Benefit is paid at a half rate, a special additional payment of �15 is also paid for any week (or part of a week) for those receiving:

  • a social welfare payment which includes an increase for the 18 year old child, or
  • a family income supplement payment which includes payment for that child.

This special additional payment is also paid for any week (or part of a week) during which the child in question is receiving a Disability Allowance payment in his/her own right.

For twins, the special additional payment is paid at one and a half times the normal weekly rate and will be �22.50 for each twin and for all other multiple births it is paid at twice the normal weekly rate and will be �30 for each child.

Only one such special additional payment is paid for the same child.

Early Childcare Supplement

Early Childcare supplement Rates
  Rate per month from January 2009
Rate for each child (aged up to 51/2 years)
�92

Early Childcare Supplement is a payment to assist with childcare costs of children under 51/2 years. Payment is made automatically if Child Benefit is being paid for a child under 51/2 years. The payments are made in arrears, so the payment for January 2009 will be made in February and so on, the last Early Childcare Supplement payment will be made in the month following that in which the child reaches 51/2years.

Maternity/Adoptive Benefit

Maternity Benefit Rates from 29 December 2008
Adoptive Benefit Rates from 29 December 2008
  Rate per week
Maximum rate
�280.00
Minimum rate
�230.30

The rate payable is 80% of your earnings in the relevant tax year subject to a reckonable earnings ceiling.

Health & Safety Benefit

Health & Safety Benefit from 29 December 2008
  Rate per week
Personal Rate
�204.30

Additonal Increases
Increases Rate per week
Increase for Qualified Adult
�135.60
Each qualified child
Full Rate ( See Note 1*) �26.00
        
Half Rate ( See Note 1*) �13.00

Note 1*:
You can get an increase of �26.00 for each qualified child if you qualify for an increase for a qualified adult or if you are parenting alone. If you do not qualify for an increase for a qualified adult, you may get a half-rate qualified child increase, if your spouse or partner has income of �400 or less per week.

Health & Safety Benefit rates are graduated according to earnings in the relevant tax year. The earnings bands from 5 January 2009 are as follows:
Average weekly earnings Personal rate Increase for Qualified Adult
Less than �150.00 �91.80
�87.90
�150.00 and less than �220.00 �132.00
�87.90
�220.00 and less than �300.00 �160.10
�87.90
�300.00 or more �204.30
�135.60

Guardian's Payment Contributory

Guardian�s Payment (Contributory) from 2 January 2009
  Rate per week
Rate for orphan
�176.50

Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory)

Guardian�s Payment (Non-Contributory) from 2 January 2009
Weekly means, as assessed by us: Rate per week
Up to �7.60
�176.50
Over �7.60 and up to �10.10
�174.00
Over �10.10 and up to �12.60
�171.50
Over �12.60 and up to �15.10
�169.00
Over �15.10 and up to �17.60
�166.50
Over �17.60 and up to �20.10
�164.00
Over �20.10 and up to �22.60
�161.50
Over �22.60 and up to �25.10
�159.00
Over �25.10 and up to �27.60
�156.50
Over �27.60 and up to �30.10
�154.00
Over �30.10 and up to �32.60
�151.50
Over �32.60 and up to �35.10
�149.00
Over �35.10 and up to �37.60
�146.50
Over �37.60 and up to �40.10
�144.00
Over �40.10 and up to �42.60
�141.50
Over �42.60 and up to �45.10
�139.00
Over �45.10 and up to �47.60
�136.50
Over �47.60 and up to �50.10
�134.00
Over �50.10 and up to �52.60
�131.50
Over �52.60 and up to �55.10
�129.00
Over �55.10 and up to �57.60
�126.50
Over �57.60 and up to �60.10
�124.00
Over �60.10 and up to �62.60
�121.50
Over �62.60 and up to �65.10
�119.00
Over �65.10 and up to �67.60
�116.50
Over �67.60 and up to �70.10
�114.00
Over �70.10 and up to �72.60
�111.50
Over �72.60 and up to �75.10
�109.00
Over �75.10 and up to �77.60
�106.50
Over �77.60 and up to �80.10
�104.00
Over �80.10 and up to �82.60
�101.50
Over �82.60 and up to �85.10
�99.00
Over �85.10 and up to �87.60
�96.50
Over �87.60 and up to �90.10
�94.00
Over �90.10 and up to �92.60
�91.50
Over �92.60 and up to �95.10
�89.00
Over �95.10 and up to �97.60
�86.50
Over �97.60 and up to �100.10
�84.00
Over �100.10 and up to �102.60
�81.50
Over �102.60 and up to �105.10
�79.00
Over �105.10 and up to �107.60
�76.50
Over �107.60 and up to �110.10
�74.00
Over �110.10 and up to �112.60
�71.50
Over �112.60 and up to �115.10
�69.00
Over �115.10 and up to �117.60
�66.50
Over �117.60 and up to �120.10
�64.00
Over �120.10 and up to �122.60
�61.50
Over �122.60 and up to �125.10
�59.00
Over �125.10 and up to �127.60
�56.50
Over �127.60 and up to �130.10
�54.00
Over �130.10 and up to �132.60
�51.50
Over �132.60 and up to �135.10
�49.00
Over �135.10 and up to �137.60
�46.50
Over �137.60 and up to �140.10
�44.00
Over �140.10 and up to �142.60
�41.50
Over �142.60 and up to �145.10
�39.00
Over �145.10 and up to �147.60
�36.50
Over �147.60 and up to �150.10
�34.00
Over �150.10 and up to �152.60
�31.50
Over �152.60 and up to �155.10
�29.00
Over �155.10 and up to �157.60
�26.50
Over �157.60 and up to �160.10
�24.00
Over �160.10 and up to �162.60
�21.50
Over �162.60 and up to �165.10
�19.00
Over �165.10 and up to �167.60
�16.50
Over �167.60 and up to �170.10
�14.00
Over �170.10 and up to �172.60
�11.50
Over �172.60 and up to �175.10
�9.00
Over �175.10 and up to �177.60
�6.50
Over �177.60 and up to �180.10
�4.00

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is paid to parents whose income limits are at or below the following amounts:

Income limit for Couple
Couple with: Income limit
1 child
�560.00
2 children
�586.00
3 children
�612.00
4 children
�638.00 (* See Note 2 )

Income limit for Lone Parent
Lone Parent with: Income limit
1 child
�407.00
2 children
�433.00
3 children
�459.00
4 children
�485.00 (* See Note 2)

*Note 2
Limit is increased by �26.00 for each additional child.

Rate of Payment - Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance
  Rate Payable
Rate for each child aged 2-11
�200.00
Rate for each child aged 12-17 (** See Note 3)
�305.00

**Note 3
This is also paid for children aged 18-22 if they are in full-time education, for whom a qualified child increase is payable.

In 2009, where Child Benefit is paid at half the normal rate (50%) and that household also qualifies for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, an extra payment of �215 is paid, bringing the total payment for such an 18 year old child to �520.

Last modified:14/05/2009
 

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