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Families and children

Overview Document Payments to families and children Gives a short description of the social welfare benefits available to families and children.

Maternity Benefit
Maternity Benefit is a payment by the Department of Social Protection to women on maternity leave from work. Find out more about Maternity Benefit and how to apply.

Child Benefit
Child Benefit is a payment to the parents or guardians of children under 16 years of age, or under 18 years of age if the child is in full-time education or has a disability.

One-Parent Family Payment
One-Parent Family Payment is a payment for men and women who are bringing children up without the support of a partner.

Health and Safety Benefit
A summary of Health and Safety Benefit for pregnant/breastfeeding women.

Adoptive Benefit
Adoptive Benefit is a payment made to people on adoptive leave from work. Find out how to apply and rates of benefit.

Family Income Supplement
Family Income Supplement is a weekly tax free payment to people on low pay. You must have at least one child to qualify.

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance
The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is paid each year to families on certain social welfare and other benefits. The scheme helps families with the cost of sending children back to school.The scheme is now closed

Deserted Wife's Benefit
Deserted Wife’s Benefit is a social insurance payment made to a women who was deserted by her husband. This payment was closed off to new applicants in January 1997. Some women however continue to get a deserted wife's payment.

Pregnancy and social welfare payments
Pregnancy may affect your social welfare payment. You may be entitled to a different payment or an increase in your current payment. Find out more here.

Deserted Wife's Allowance
Deserted Wife’s Allowance is a means-tested payment for women under 66 without dependent children who were deserted by their husband and who do not qualify for Deserted Wife’s Benefit.

Transition from One-Parent Family Payment
People who no longer qualify for a One-Parent Family Payment because their youngest child has reached the relevant age limit may be eligible for other income supports. This document outlines your options and gives information on the Jobseeker's Allowance Transition payment.

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