If you are applying for a social assistance payment you must satisfy a means test. All your sources of income (for example, cash income, employment, capital and maintenance) are assessed in a means test by the Department of Social Protection (DSP).
However, under social welfare legislation certain items are not counted when your means are assessed for a social assistance payment. This document looks at cash income not included in the means test. More information on income not taken into account is available in our document on the means test.
The following cash income is not taken into account for all schemes except Family Income Supplement (FIS), Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) and Rent Allowance (Rent Allowance is not the same as Rent Supplement):
In addition payments which have been determined in accordance with the Magdalen Commission Report for the benefit of women who were admitted to and worked in the Magdalen Laundries, and payments awarded by the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board are not taken into account for all schemes, Family Income Supplement, Supplementary Welfare Allowance and Rent Allowance.
Additional cash income may not be taken into account for individual social welfare payments. The Department of Social Protection provides more information on additional cash income not taken into account in the means test for social welfare payments.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000. The Phone Service will operate Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm during January 2017. You can also visit your local Citizens Information Centre.