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Section 6 - Child Related Payments

This Section gives details of payments available to support families:

  • Child Benefit
  • Maternity Benefit
  • Adoptive Benefit
  • Health and Safety Benefit
  • Guardian�s Payment (Contributory)
  • Guardian�s Payment (Non-Contributory).

Contents

6.1 Child Benefit

6.2 Maternity Benefit

6.3 Adoptive Benefit

6.4 Health and Safety Benefit

6.5 Guardian's Payment (Contributory)

6.6 Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory)

6.7 School Meals Programme

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6.1 Child Benefit

Child Benefit is a monthly payment for each qualified child normally living with you and being supported by you. A qualified child is:

  � under age 16

   and/or

  � aged 16, 17 or 18 who:

  • is in full-time education, or
  • attends a F�S Youthreach course, or
  • is physically or mentally disabled and dependent on you.

You can no longer get Child Benefit when your child reaches age 19.

You can get Child Benefit if a child is temporarily living abroad with a parent or guardian who:

  • serves with the Defence Forces,
  • is a public servant,
  • is a volunteer development worker, or
  • works outside the State, but pays PRSI contributions.
Who can apply for Child Benefit?

Child Benefit is normally paid to the child�s mother or step-mother. If the child lives with their father or step-father Child Benefit may be paid to them.

If the child is not living with or being maintained by their parents, the person caring for the child may get Child Benefit. You may nominate someone else to get Child Benefit for you, if you like.

Note:

In order to qualify for Child Benefit you must satisfy the Habitual Residence Condition (see Section 1.6 )

How much can I get?

Your payment depends on the number of qualified children in your care. The rates of Child Benefit are shown in the Rates of Payment booklet SW 19.

How do I get my payment?

You get Child Benefit on the first Tuesday of each month either by direct payment into an account in a financial institution or by using a Social Services Card at your chosen post office.

How long does payment last?

Child Benefit is paid until the child reaches age 16 or age 19 if they are in full-time education or disabled. Child Benefit ends when the child reaches age 19.

A partly completed application form will be sent to you 1 month before your child's 16th birthday or 1 month before the start of the new academic year for children under the age of 19 who finish their current educationin June, so that you can continue to receive Child Benefit.

When you receive the form fill it in and have it certified by the relevant school or college or medical doctor.

If you do not receive the form automatically, form CB2 is available on the internet at http://www.welfare.ie/, from the post office or local Social Welfare Office.

What happens in the case of multiple births?

You can get a special grant of �635 for multiple births, as follows:

  • �635 at birth,
  • �635 at age 4, and
  • �635 at age 12.

The rate of Child Benefit for twins is payable at one and a half times the normal monthly rate for each child.

Where the multiple birth involves three or more children, Child Benefit is paid at double the normal monthly rate for each child, provided at least three of the children remain qualified.

Do EC Regulations affect Child Benefit?

If you work in a country covered by EC Regulations (see Section 3 for details of countries covered) this country usually pays Child Benefit, even if your family is living in another country.

For more information on how EU rules affect Child Benefit, contact Child Benefit Section at the address shown below.

When should I apply for Child Benefit?

You should apply for Child Benefit within 6 months of the month in which:

  • your child is born,
  • the child becomes a member of your family, or
  • your family come to live in the Republic of Ireland.
How do I apply for Child Benefit?

Since early 2005, the birth details of all children born in the Republic of Ireland are stored in a central database. To register your child's birth in this database, you must give the hospital and Registrar of Births your:

  • Personal Public Service Number (PPS Number)*,
  • date of birth,
  • full name,
  • address and
  • mother's birth surname.

* If you do not have a PPS Number please see Section 2.1

Child Benefit Section, which is part of the Department of Social and Family Affairs, has access to the central database and can automatically start your application for Child Benefit for you.

If you have provided the necessary information about yourself and your child, we will contact you within 10 working days following the registration of your child�s birth. If you do not provide all this information, your Child Benefit may be delayed or we may not be able to process your application automatically.

My new baby is my first child

We will send you a partly completed application form for Child Benefit. Please fill this in, making sure that your and your child�s personal details are correct and return it to us. We will contact you when we have processed your application.

I have other children and already receive Child Benefit

If your surname is the same in both our records and those held by the Registrar of Births, we will automatically include payment for your new child with your existing Child Benefit. A letter will issue telling you when the increase in your payment will start. There is no need to contact us, unless you want us to change your personal details or your method of payment.

If your surname is not the same on both our records and those held by the Registrar of Births, we will send you an application form to fill in. The form should then be returned with written evidence of your current surname, such as a marriage certificate. If you receive Child Benefit by payment book, you will also need to return the book to have the details amended.

If you do not hear from us within 10 working days following the registration of your child�s birth, you can contact us on 1890 400 400.

Note:
If your child was born outside the Republic of Ireland or you did not register the birth under the new system, you should fill in and return form
CB1 with the long version of your child's birth certificate. You can get form CB1 online at http://www.welfare.ie/ from your post office or local Social Welfare Office.


Child Benefit Section

Social Welfare Services Office,
St. Oliver Plunkett Road,
Letterkenny,
Co. Donegal.

LoCall: 1890 400 400

Early Childcare Supplement

Early Childcare Supplement is a payment from the Office of the Minister for Children to assist with the childcare costs of children under six years of age.

There is no need to apply, payment will be made automatically to you if you get Child Benefit and have a child or children under six.

The Department of Social and Family Affairs are paying the Early Childcare Supplement on behalf of the Minister for Children.

Information on the Early Childcare Supplement is available from the Office of the Minister for Children on 1890 20 90 30 or from Child Benefit Section on 1890 400 400.

6.2 Maternity Benefit

Maternity Benefit is a payment for employed and self-employed pregnant women who satisfy certain PRSI contribution conditions on their own insurance record. You may only get Maternity Benefit if you pay PRSI at Classes A, E, H or S.

How do I qualify?

You will qualify if you:

  • are entitled to Maternity Leave as an employee under the Maternity Protection Act, 1994, or self-employed, and
  • satisfy the requisite PRSI contribution conditions.
PRSI contribution conditions

If you are an employee, you must have at least:

  • 39 weeks PRSI* paid in the 12 month period before the first day of your Maternity Leave

    or
  • 39 weeks PRSI* paid since first starting work and at least 39 weeks PRSI* paid or credited in the Relevant Tax Year or in the year following the Relevant Tax Year

    or
  • 26 weeks PRSI* paid in the Relevant Tax Year and at least 26 weeks PRSI* paid in the tax year before the Relevant Tax Year.

* Only PRSI at Classes A, E and H count.

If you are self-employed, you must have 52 Class S PRSI contributions paid in either:

  • the Relevant Tax Year,
  • the tax year before the Relevant Tax Year, or
  • in the tax year after the Relevant Tax Year.

Note:
Self-employment contributions, at PRSI Class S, are not awarded until you have paid your total tax for the Relevant Tax Year.

If you do not satisfy these PRSI contribution conditions, and you were in insurable employment before becoming self-employed, your PRSI contributions in that employment may help you to qualify.

You may use contributions paid in the tax year later than the Relevant Tax Year to help you to satisfy the PRSI contribution conditions.

However, the amount of Maternity Benefit that you get depends only on your earnings in the Relevant Tax Year.

Note:
The Relevant Tax Year is the second-last complete tax year before the benefit year in which your Maternity Leave starts.

The benefit year begins each year on the first Monday in January and ends on the Sunday immediately before the first Monday in January of the following year.

If you apply in:

The relevant Tax Year is:

2007

2005

2008

2006

Note:
If you have worked in a country covered by EC Regulations, and you have paid at least one full-rate PRSI contribution since your return to Ireland, your insurance record in that country may help you to qualify for Maternity Benefit.

 

How much can I get?

Employees

We work out your weekly rate of Maternity Benefit by dividing your gross income in the Relevant Tax Year by the number of weeks reckonable PRSI contributions that you actually paid in that year.

You may get 80% of this amount, subject to a minimum payment of �221.80 and maximum payment of �280.00 (as from 1st January, 2007).

Self-Employed

We work out your weekly rate of Maternity Benefit by dividing your gross income in the Relevant Tax Year by 52 weeks.

You may get 80% of this amount, subject to a minimum payment of �221.80 and maximum payment of �280.00 (as from 1st January, 2007).

Employees and Self-Employed

We compare the rate of Maternity Benefit to the rate of Illness Benefit that you would get if you were absent from work through illness. We check this for you and you will automatically get the higher of the two. The rates of Maternity Benefit are shown in the Rates of Payment booklet SW 19.

Reduced rates

You may get half the usual Maternity Benefit rate if you are getting any of the following payments:

  • One-Parent Family Payment,
  • Widow�s/Widower's Contributory or Non-Contributory Pension,
  • Deserted Wife's Benefit or Allowance,
  • Prisoner's Wife's Allowance, or
  • Death Benefit through Widow's or Widower's or Dependent Parent's Pension (under the Occupational Injuries Scheme).

Carer's Allowance

If you are living at the same address as the person for whom you are providing full-time care, you may also qualify for Half-Rate Carer's Allowance. Please see the section on Carer's Allowance for details.

How do I get my payment?

You can get Maternity Benefit by direct payment into your account in a financial institution each week in advance.

Is my Maternity Benefit taxable?

Maternity Benefit is not taxable. "However, if you choose to have your Benefit paid to your employer, who then continues to pay your normal weekly wage while you are receiving Benefit, you may be entitled to a tax refund. If this is the case, please contact this Department once your Benefit has expired to request an MB21 Statement (this should then be forwarded to your local Tax Office)."

How long does payment last?

You may get Maternity Benefit for a continuous period of 26 weeks, whether or not you return to work following your 26 weeks Maternity Leave. To qualify for the maximum 26 weeks Maternity Benefit, you must take at least 2 weeks and at most 16 weeks of leave before the end of the week in which your baby is due.

If you fail to take the minimum 2 weeks, you will lose out on some benefit.

Unpaid Maternity Leave � employees only

If you take unpaid Maternity Leave immediately after your paid leave, you will be entitled to receive a PRSI credit for each week taken up to a maximum of 16 weeks. This will make sure that your social insurance record is up-to-date.

When and how do I apply?

You should apply for Maternity Benefit 6 weeks before you intend to go on Maternity Leave or 12 weeks if self-employed. In certain cases, you may apply after your baby is born, but if you fail to apply within 6 months of the birth of your baby, you may lose your benefit.

You can get an application form at your local Social Welfare Office or from:

Maternity Benefit Section
Social Welfare Services Office
St. Oliver Plunkett Road
Letterkenny
Co. Donegal.

LoCall: 1890 690 690.

See information booklet Maternity Benefit  SW 11 for more information or contact Maternity Benefit Section at the address above.

Can I postpone Maternity Leave?

You may postpone the last 12 weeks of your Maternity Benefit if your child is in hospital. Your Maternity Benefit must have been in payment for at least 14 weeks and you must have taken at least 4 weeks of Maternity Leave after your baby was born.

You should apply in writing to the address above if you want to have your Maternity Benefit postponed. You can postpone your Maternity Benefit for up to 6 months. Your payment will resume when you send in written confirmation to Maternity Benefit Section that your child has been discharged from hospital and once it has been certified by your employer that you are entitled to resume postponed Maternity Leave. Your payment will continue until your entitlement to Maternity Benefit finishes.

6.3 Adoptive Benefit

Adoptive Benefit is a payment for an adopting parent who adopts a child. You may get it if you are an employee or a self-employed person and if you satisfy certain PRSI conditions on your own record.

You may get Adoptive Benefit only if you pay PRSI at Classes A, E, H or S.

How do I qualify?

If you are an employee, you will qualify if you:

  • are an adopting parent and entitled to Adoptive Leave under the Adoptive Leave Act, 1995, and
  • satisfy the requisite PRSI contribution conditions.
PRSI contribution conditions

If you are an employee, you must have at least:

  • 39 weeks PRSI * paid in the 12 months immediately before the date that the child is placed with you

    or
  • 39 weeks PRSI * paid since you first started working and 39 weeks PRSI paid or credited in the Relevant Tax Year, or in the year following the relevant tax year

    or
  • at least 26 weeks PRSI * paid in the Relevant Tax Year and at least 26 weeks PRSI paid in the tax year before the Relevant Tax Year.

The Relevant Tax Year is the second-last complete income tax year before the benefit year (January-December) in which your adoptive leave starts.

The benefit year begins each year on the first Monday in January and ends on the Sunday immediately before the first Monday in January in the following year.

* Only PRSI at Classes A, E and H count.

If you are self-employed, you must have 52 PRSI * contributions paid in either the Relevant Tax Year, the tax year before the Relevant Tax Year or the tax year later than the Relevant Tax Year.

* Only PRSI Classes A, E, H and S count.

Note:
Self-employment contributions, at PRSI Class S, are not awarded until you have paid your total tax for the Relevant Tax Year.

 

If you apply in:

The Relevant Tax Year (or qualifying tax year for the self-employed)

2007

2005

2008

2006

Note:
If you have worked in a country covered by EC Regulations, and you have paid at least one full-rate PRSI contribution since your return to Ireland, your insurance record in that country may help you to qualify for Maternity Benefit.

 

How much can I get?

Employees

We work out your weekly rate of Adoptive Benefit by dividing your gross income in the Relevant Tax Year by the number of weeks reckonable PRSI contributions that you actually paid in that year.

You may get 80% of this amount, subject to a minimum payment of �221.80 and maximum payment of �280.00 each week (as from 1st January, 2007).

Self-Employed

We work out your weekly rate of Adoptive Benefit by dividing your gross income in the Relevant Tax Year by 52.

You may get 80% of this amount - subject to a minimum payment of �221.80 and maximum payment of �280.00 (as from 1st January, 2007).

Employees and self-employed

We compare the rate of Adoptive Benefit to the rate of Illness Benefit that you would get if you were absent from work through illness. We check this for you and you will automatically get the higher of the two.

The rates of Adoptive Benefit are shown in the Rates of Payment booklet SW 19.

Reduced rates

You may get half the usual Adoptive Benefit rate if you are getting any of the following payments:

  • One-Parent Family Payment,
  • Widow's or Widower's Contributory and Non Contributory Pension,
  • Deserted Wife's Benefit or Allowance,
  • Prisoner's Wife's Allowance, or
  • Death Benefit through Widow's or Widower's or Dependent Parent's Pension (under the Occupational Injuries Scheme).
How do I get my payment?

You can get Adoptive Benefit by direct payment into your account in a financial institution each week in advance.

Is my Adoptive Benefit taxable?

Adoptive Benefit is not taxable. "However, if you choose to have your Benefit paid to your employer, who then continues to pay your normal weekly wage while you are receiving Benefit, you may be entitled to a tax refund. If this is the case, please contact this Department once your Benefit has expired to request an MB21 Statement (this should then be forwarded to your local Tax Office)."

How long does payment last?

You may get Adoptive Benefit for an unbroken period of 24 weeks from the date that the child is placed with you.

Unpaid Adoptive Leave � employees only

An employee who takes paid Adoptive Leave may take up to another 16 weeks of unpaid adoptive leave.

If you take this leave, you will receive a PRSI credit for each week taken, up to a maximum of 16 weeks. This will make sure that your social insurance record is up-to-date.

In the case of a foreign adoption, you may ask to take some or all of the 16 weeks of unpaid Adoptive Leave immediately before the day of placement. However, to obtain unpaid leave in this way, you must provide documents as evidence of the adoption.

When and how do I apply?

You should apply at least 5 weeks before your leave is due to begin. In certain cases, you may apply after the child is placed with you. You may lose benefit if you fail to apply within 6 months of the date that the child is placed with you. Application forms are available from your local Social Welfare Office, Post Office, Citizens Information Centre or use the SMS (Text) Messaging Service. Application forms may also be downloaded from our website at forms or from:

Adoptive Benefit Section

Social Welfare Services Office
St. Oliver Plunkett Road
Letterkenny
Co. Donegal.

Telephone: LoCall:1890 690 690

See information bookletAdoptice Benefit,  SW 37 for more information or contact Adoptive Benefit Section at the address above.

Can I postpone Adoptive Leave and Adoptive Benefit?

If your child is in hospital, you may postpone the payment of your Adoptive Benefit where it is certified by your employer that you are entitled to the postponement of Adoptive Leave.

Payment of Adoptive Benefit will resume when you send written confirmation from your employer to Adoptive Benefit Section stating that you are entitled to restart postponed Adoptive Leave.

Upon resumption of Adoptive Leave, payment will be in one continuous period for the duration of your entitlement to Adoptive Benefit.

6.4 Health and Safety Benefit

Health and Safety Benefit is a weekly payment for women who are granted health and safety leave under the Maternity Protection Act, 1994.

Health and safety leave is granted to an employee when the employer cannot remove a risk to her health or safety during her pregnancy or while breastfeeding, or cannot give her other 'risk-free' duties.

For information on health and safety leave, contact:

The Equality Authority
2 Clonmel Street
Dublin 2

Telephone: Dublin  (01) 417 3333
                LoCall: 1890 24 55 45

For information on safety, health and welfare protection, including the working conditions and the agents that may pose a risk to pregnant and breastfeeding employees, contact:

The Health and Safety Authority
10 Hogan Place
Dublin 2

Telephone: (01) 662 0400

How do I qualify for health and safety benefit?

You will qualify if you:

  • are a pregnant employee and are exposed to certain risks in the workplace or involved in nightwork*,

    or
  • are an employee who has given birth in the last 14 weeks and are involved in nightwork*,

    or
  • are breastfeeding (up to 26 weeks after giving birth) and exposed to certain risks in the workplace (you can get details of the risks involved from the Health and Safety Authority),

    and
  • have been awarded health and safety leave under Section 18 of the Maternity Protection Act, 1994,

    and
  • satisfy the PRSI contribution conditions.

* Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Pregnant Employees, etc.) Regulations, 1994, nightwork is defined as "�work in the period between the hours of 11pm on any day and 6am of the next following day, where:

  1. the employee works at least three hours in the said period as a normal course

    or
  2. at least 25% of the employee�s monthly working time is performed in the said period".
PRSI contribution conditions

You must have:

  • at least 13 weeks PRSI paid in the 12 months immediately before the date your baby is due,

    or
  • 52 weeks PRSIpaid since you first started work, and 39 weeks paid or credited in the relevant tax year, or in the year following the relevant tax year,

    or
  • 26 weeks PRSI paid in the relevant tax year, and 26 weeks PRSI paid in the tax year prior to the relevant tax year.

Only PRSI at Classes A, E and H* count.

The relevant tax year is the second last complete tax year before the start of the benefit year January-December that includes the first day for which you are claiming Health and Safety Benefit.

*You will not get Health and Safety Benefit while you are serving as a member of the defence forces.

If you apply in:

The relevant Tax Year is:

2008

2006

2009

2007

How much can I get?

Your employer must pay you for the first 21 days of health and safety leave. You will then qualify for Health and Safety Benefit from this Department, as long as you satisfy all the conditions.

Your payment is made up of a personal rate for yourself with extra amounts for a qualified adult or any qualified children (see Section 1.2 for details of any qualified children). Your weekly rate of Health and Safety Benefit depends on your level of earnings in the relevant tax year.

To qualify for the standard rate, your average weekly earnings in the relevant tax year must be at least �150.00. However, you may get a reduced rate if your weekly earnings are below �150.00.

The rates of Health and Safety Benefit are shown in the Rates of Payment booklet SW 19.

Reduced rates

You may get half the personal rate of Health and Safety Benefit if you are getting any of the following payments:

  • One-Parent Family Payment,
  • Widow's Contributory or Non-Contributory Pension,
  • Deserted Wife's Benefit or Allowance, or
  • Prisoner�s Wife's Allowance.

No increase for child dependants is payable.

How do I get my payment?

You may get Health and Safety Benefit by direct payment into your account in a financial institution.

Note:
Health and Safety Benefit is not subject to income tax.

How long does payment last?

Your Health and Safety Benefit starts once the 21 days' payment from your employer ends. You may get the benefit for the remainder of your health and safety leave, up to:

  • the day on which you become entitled to Maternity Benefit, if you are pregnant,
  • 16 weeks after the date on which you gave birth, if you have recently given birth and are involved in nightwork,

    or
  • 26 weeks after the date on which you gave birth if you are now breastfeeding.

You cannot get Health and Safety Benefit for any day you are entitled to Maternity Benefit. You stop getting the benefit if your health and safety leave ends because:

  • you are no longer vulnerable to the workplace risk, or
  • your employer has removed the risk or given you other work, or
  • you are employed on a fixed term contract and that contract ends.

Note:
If you get Health and Safety Benefit while pregnant, you are deemed to satisfy the PRSI contribution conditions for Maternity Benefit. If you have been getting Maternity Benefit, and then apply for Health and Safety Benefit you are able to satisfy the PRSI conditions for Health and Safety Benefit. However, you must fill in a separate application form for each benefit.

When and how do I apply?

You should apply for Health and Safety Benefit as soon as your employer has established and certified that health and safety leave has been granted.

You will have to forward a completed certificate from your employer that you have been granted Health and Safety Leave under the Maternity Protection Act, 1994.

More Information

For further details on Health and Safety Benefit see information leaflet SW 21 or contact:

Health and Safety Benefit Section
Social Welfare Services Office
St. Oliver Plunkett Road
Letterkenny
Co. Donegal

Telephone: LoCall: 1890 690 690

6.5 Guardian's Payment (Contributory)

Guardian�s Payment (Contributory) may be paid for a child if:

  • both parents are dead,

    or
  • one parent is dead or unknown or has abandoned and failed to provide for the child and the other parent is unknown, or has abandoned and failed to provide for the child,

    and
  • the parent(s) or step-parent satisfy the PRSI contribution condition.

Note:
A person cannot apply for a child still living with a parent, step-parent, or adoptive parent.

Where appropriate, we need independent written confirmation of parental abandonment and failure to provide for the child. We will contact the guardian when we receive the application to advise what information we need.

You cannot get Foster Care Allowance and Guardian's Payment (Contributory) at the same time

PRSI contribution conditions

The orphan's parent or step-parent must have paid 26 weeks PRSI at any time. Most PRSI classes count, including Classes B, C and D paid by permanent and pensionable civil and public servants (appointed before 6 April 1995). However, PRSI at Classes J, K, M and P do not count.

If the PRSI conditions have not been satisfied, a Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory) may be paid.

How much can I get?

The rates of Guardian's Payment (Contributory) are shown in the Rates of Payment booklet SW 19.

How do I get my payment?

Guardian's Payment (Contributory) is normally paid to the guardian of the orphan by direct payment into an account in a financial institution. It can also be paid using a Services Card at a chosen post office. In certain exceptional circumstances the orphan may receive the payment directly.

How long does payment last?

Guardian's Payment (Contributory) continues for an orphan up to age 18 or until age 22 if they are in full-time education by day at a recognised school or college.

When and how do I apply?

The guardian should apply within 3 months of the child being orphaned. You can get an application form from your local Social Welfare Office or from:

Guardian's Payment (Contributory) Section
Social Welfare Services
College Road
Sligo

Telephone: LoCall:1890 50 00 00
                from the Republic of Ireland
 or
                +353 71 913 5200
                from Northern Ireland or overseas

See information booklet, Guardian's Payment (Contributory) and Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory) -   SW 115 for more information or contact Guardian's Payment (Contributory) Section at the address above.

Note:
Guardian's Payment (Contributory) was previously known as Orphan's Contributory Allowance.

6.6 Guardian�s Payment (Non-Contributory)

Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory) may be paid for a child who is not entitled to Guardian's Payment (Contributory), if:

  • the child satisfies a means test,
  • the child is living in the State,
  • both parents are dead,

    or
  • one parent is dead or unknown or has abandoned and failed to provide for the child and the other parent is unknown or has abandoned and failed to provide for the child.

Note:
A person cannot apply for a child still living with a parent, step-parent, or adoptive parent.

Where appropriate, we need independent written confirmation of parental abandonment and failure to provide for the child. We will contact the guardian when we receive the application to advise what information we need.

Foster Care Allowance and Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory) are not payable at the same time.

Means test

What items count as means?

Means are any income belonging to the child. This includes property (except the family home) or an asset that can provide an income.

The child's means may be worked out at the Social Welfare Services Office or a Social Welfare Inspector may call to the child's home. The Inspector will need to ask for details about items that count as means and may also ask to see documents such as accounts or statements from your financial institutions (see Section 1.6 for details about the means test).

Any increase or change in the child�s means should be notified to the Department.

How investments and savings are assessed

The actual income from investments and money in a savings account is not taken as the orphan's means. Instead we add together the investment items (listed below) and we use a formula to work out the orphan�s means:

  • cash value of investments and property,
  • money in a savings account, and
  • cash-in-hand.

Capital:

Weekly Means Assessed:

First �20,000

Nil

�20,000 - �30,000

�1 per �1,000

�30,000 - �40,000

�2 per �1,000

Over �40,000

�4 per �1,000

How much can I get?

The amount if any, depends on the child's means.

The rates of Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory) are shown in the Rates of Payment booklet SW 19.

How do I get the payment?

Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory) is normally paid to the guardian of the orphan by direct payment into an account in a financial institution. using a Social Serivces Card at a chosen post office. In certain exceptional circumstances, the orphan may receive the payment directly.

How long does the payment last?

Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory) continues for an orphan up to age 18 or until age 22 if they are in full-time education by day at a recognised school or college.

Living abroad

Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory) cannot be paid if the child is living outside the State.

When and how to apply?

The guardian should apply within 3 months of the child being orphaned. You can get an application form from your local Social Welfare Office or from:

Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory) Section
Social Welfare Services
College Road
Sligo

Telephone: LoCall:1890 50 00 00
                from the Republic of Ireland
 or
                +353 71 913 5200
                from Northern Ireland or overseas

More Information

For further details see information leaflet SW 115 or contact Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory) Section at the address above.

Note:
Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory) was previously known as Orphan's Non-Contributory Pension.

6.7 School Meals Programme

The Department's School Meals Programme provides funding under two separate schemes.

School Meals (Urban) Scheme

The School Meals (Urban) Scheme provides financial assistance to County Borough Councils, Urban District Councils and Town Commissioners (but not to County Councils) for the provision of school meals to certain national schools. Funding for the food is split 50/50 between this Department and the local authority.

School Meals (Local Projects) Scheme

The School Meals (Local Projects) Scheme provides funding directly to pre-schools, national schools and secondary schools, local groups and voluntary organisations that operate their own school meals projects. Projects must be targeted at areas of disadvantage or at children with special needs. Funding under this scheme is only for food, which must be of suitable quality, and be prepared and consumed in an appropriate environment. Funding is based on a rate per meal per child.

Further information on the School Meals Programme is available from:

School Meals/Supplementery Welfare Allowance Section
Department of Social and Family Affairs
Social Welfare Services
College Road
Sligo

Telephone LoCall: (071) 9157100

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