Cash income not included in the means test
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 Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP).
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.
Cash income not taken into account
The following cash income is not taken into account for all schemes except Working Family Payment (formerly known as Family Income Supplement or FIS), Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) and Rent Allowance (Rent Allowance is not the same as Rent Supplement):
- Any payment made by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) (except in the case of Jobseeker's Allowance where a maximum payment applies)
- Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA)
- Domiciliary Care Allowance
- Income from property already assessed on its capital value
- Any payment corresponding to Child Benefit from another EU member state
- Income from recognised non-profit making charitable organisations
- Mobility Allowance from the Health Service Executive (HSE)
- Foster Care Allowance from the HSE
- Home Care Grant from the HSE
- Allowances under the Home Tuition Scheme from the Department of Education and Skills
- Grants to parents of children attending primary school in Gaeltacht areas, and income from providing accommodation to students studying Irish in Gaeltacht areas
- Any amount received as a training allowance while undergoing a course of rehabilitation training by an organisation approved by the Minister for Health
- Compensation awards to people who have contracted Hepatitis C or HIV from contaminated blood products, together with income from the investment of that money
- Compensation awards by way of the Residential Institutions Redress Board together with income from the investment of that money
- Compensation awards to persons who have a disability caused by Thalidomide together with income from the investment of that money
- €104 per year from certain Army pensions (including a British War Pension)
- PRSA contributions
- Any repayments under the Nursing Home Repayments Scheme to the spouse or civil partner of the person overcharged
- The following payments to your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant: Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, Back to Education Allowance, Back to Work Allowance or Part-Time Job Incentive, FET or VTOS payments. (However, Community Employment, TÚS, Rural Social Scheme and Gateway are taken into account.)
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, Working Family Payment, Supplementary Welfare Allowance and Rent Allowance.
Additional cash income may not be taken into account for individual social welfare payments. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection provides more information on additional cash income not taken into account in the means test for social welfare payments.