Claiming an extra half-rate social welfare payment
It is generally only possible to claim one personal social assistance or social insurance payment at a time in Ireland. However, in some circumstances, you can keep your personal payment and get half of another social welfare payment.
If you are getting certain social welfare payments and you are providing full-time care and attention to another person, you can keep your main social welfare payment and get half-rate Carer’s Allowance as well. More information can be found in our document about qualifying for half-rate Carer's Allowance.
Blind Pension can be paid with certain other social welfare payments provided you meet the conditions for both payments.
You can get a half-rate Maternity, Paternity, Adoptive or Health and Safety Benefit payment if you are claiming one of the following social welfare payments:
- One-Parent Family Payment
- Deserted Wife's Payment
- Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension
- Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Non-Contributory) Pension
- Death benefits or survivor's benefits under the Occupational Injuries Benefit Scheme, such as Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension and Dependant Parent Pension.
In addition, you must satisfy the social insurance contribution and other conditions for Maternity Benefit, Paternity Benefit, Adoptive Benefit or Health and Safety Benefit. If you meet these conditions you will get half the personal rate of payment, with no additional increases for children.
|Social insurance payment||Half-rate|
|Maternity Benefit (standard rate €245)||€122.50|
|Paternity Benefit (standard rate €245)||€122.50|
|Adoptive Benefit (standard rate €245)||€122.50|
|Health and Safety Benefit (maximum rate €203)||€101.50|
If you are working and on a reduced social welfare payment you may get more
than half-rate Maternity, Paternity, Adoptive or Health and Safety Benefit when
you stop working.
How to apply
To claim half of an additional social welfare payment, you apply in the normal way. You should fill out the correct payment application form and return it to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. The return address is printed on the application form.