Table of Contents:
◊ PART 1: ENTITLEMENT
Description of Scheme
Qualifying Conditions Summary
- Qualifying Conditions in Detail
Rates of Payment
◊ PART 2: CLAIMS, INVESTIGATION AND DECISION PROCEDURES
Investigation of Claims
◊ PART 3: PROCEDURES, FOLLOWING AWARD
PART 1: ENTITLEMENT
Description of Scheme
The Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme is a scheme which allows persons who are long-term unemployed to take up part-time employment for less than 24 hours per week and receive a special weekly income supplement called the Part-Time Job Allowance. Participants in this scheme are expected however to continue to make efforts to find full-time work.
The Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme is an administrative scheme and is not covered by legislation. It was set up by Government decision in December 1986.
The Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme is administered by the Department's Social Welfare Local Offices.
Qualifying Conditions Summary:
To qualify for the Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme a person must be in receipt of Long Term Jobseeker's Allowance.
Qualifying Conditions in Detail:
The person must
- have been in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance at the long-term rate prior to commencing on the Part-Time Job Incentive scheme,
- have been in receipt of a higher jobseeker's payment than the appropriate Part-Time Job Incentive supplement payable,
- undertake to remain on the scheme for at least two months.
- not be in receipt of another Social Welfare payment, other than one which is not included in section 209 of the Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 1993 (as amended), and
- not be in receipt of any other allowance or an allowance in respect of a course of education, training and development.
The job must
- be insurable under the Social Welfare Acts at class A or J rate of contribution, and
- involve working for less than 24 hours per week. A person may have one or more jobs, provided the jobs meet the stated criteria and the total number of hours weekly is less than 24.
Smallholders or self-employed persons are not permitted to take part in the scheme.
Duration of PTJI
Initially the PTJI is awarded for one year. This may be extended for a further period. The person must continue to look for full-time work while on the scheme.
Entitlement to Part-Time Job Allowance is terminated if the person ceases to be engaged in employment for more than 24 hours per week or if the employment is terminated.
TEMPORARY BREAKS IN PTJI
Where a person who has been in receipt of PTJI, claims Illness Benefit, s/he may return directly to the Part-Time Job Incentive scheme when the period on Illness Benefit ceases, provided all other conditions are satisfied.
School Bus Drivers/Wardens who are participating in the PTJI scheme may claim an jobseeker's payment for the duration of school holiday periods and return to Part-Time Job Incentive scheme when they resume work, provided all other conditions are satisfied.
A person who secures full time employment may not return to the PTJI scheme irrespective of the duration of the full-time employment.
Rates of Payment
Instead of their usual Jobseeker's Allowance payment, persons are entitled to a specified allowance per week, with a higher rate paid to those with an qualified adult. This payment is not affected by the earnings received from the part-time job.
A person without a qualified adult is entitled to the single rate allowance only, regardless of the number of qualified child/ren s/he may have.
Rates of payments are detailed in the SW 19 Information Leaflet.
From 27 September 2007 a person who is claiming a Social Welfare Payment (other than Carer's Allowance or Carer's Benefit) or being claimed for as a Qualified Adult and who is providing full time care to another person may now apply for Carer's Allowance and retain their current payment in full. If they satisfy the conditions for Carer's Allowance it will be awarded at 50% of the personal rate they would qualify for if they were not in receipt of any other payment. They will also be eligible for Household Benefits and a Free Travel Pass.
* A Person may not receive Jobseeker's Benefit/Allowance, Back to Work Allowance or Family Income Supplement and half rate Carer's Allowance but they may be a qualified adult on these payments and receive half rate Carer's Allowance.
See " Carer's Allowance" guideline for more information.
No Child Dependent Increase of Fuel Allowance are payable with the Part-time Job Incentive Scheme.
PART 2: CLAIMS, INVESTIGATION AND DECISION PROCEDURES:
Where a person satisfies the qualifying conditions for participation in the scheme, s/he should contact the Social Welfare Local Office and complete an application form.
Investigation of Claims
The relevant Jobseeker's Allowance claim is examined in conjunction with the details given on the application form to determine if the person is eligible for participation in the scheme.
Where the conditions are satisfied, the decision is entered on the application form and a claim file is opened. The person is then given a form PTA3 for completion by his/her employer at the end of each four week period.
Decisions regarding a persons entitlement to the Part-Time Job Allowance are decided by an Officer in the Social Welfare Local Office.
As the Part-Time Job Incentive scheme is a non-statutory scheme, there is no right of appeal to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. Any person who is dissatisfied with a decision may appeal to the Officer in charge of the Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme at the Social Welfare Local Office.
PART 3: PROCEDURES, FOLLOWING AWARD:
A person is required to sign a special declaration form to state that s/he works less than 24 hours each week and return it to the Social Welfare Local Office. A manual docket, showing the weekly amount due, is then issued to the claimant for submission to the local Post Office for payment.
Local Office staff must ensure that the form PT4A is received from the person on a weekly basis while participating in the scheme.
Claimants are required to confirm their continued participation in the scheme. A form PTA3 is issued for completion by the employer at the end of each four week period. This form must be returned to the Social Welfare Local Office as evidence that the person is engaging in insurable employment for less than 24 hours a week. Where there is any delay in returning this form, payment of the allowance is suspended until such time as the completed form is received.
Where a person has established an entitlement to credited contributions while in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance, credits may be awarded for the duration of participation in the Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme. Credits will only be awarded for each week in respect of which a class 'J' contribution is paid.