Claiming a social welfare payment

Claiming a social welfare payment
Explains how to claim a social welfare payment and where you can get help to fill out the application form.

Claiming for a child dependant
You can get an increase in your social welfare payment for a child dependant. This document explains when you can claim an Increase for a Qualified Child (IQC).

Claiming for an adult dependant
You can get an increase in your social welfare payment for your adult dependant. This document explains who qualifies as an adult dependant.

Making a late claim
You must claim a social welfare payment within the time limits set by the Department. This document explains the time limits for social welfare payments and when you may have a payment back-dated to the time you became entitled to it.

Taxation of social welfare payments
Social welfare payments may or may not be deemed taxable in Ireland. Information about which social welfare payments are taxable and how they are taxed.

Changes that can affect your social welfare payment
A change in your circumstances can affect your entitlement to a social welfare payment. This document gives some examples of the changes that can affect your social welfare payment.

Claiming an extra half-rate social welfare payment
It is generally only possible to claim one social welfare assistance or insurance based payment at a time. However, in certain circumstances you may qualify for your social welfare payment and half of another payment. Find out more.

Recovery of social welfare overpayments
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection recoups overpayments in social welfare benefits and entitlements. Find out how overpayments are collected

Household Budget Scheme
The Household Budget Scheme aims to help those getting certain social welfare payments to spread the cost of household bills throughout the year. Find out if you qualify and how to apply.

Going abroad or on holidays and social welfare payments
Outlines the social welfare payments that will continue to be paid if you go abroad. It also lists the payments that will not be paid if you go abroad.

How social welfare payments are paid
Find out how social welfare payments are paid.

Combining social insurance contributions from abroad
Combining social insurance contributions paid in Ireland and abroad can help you qualify for a social welfare payment. Find out more.