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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.

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.

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.

Paternity Benefit
Paternity Benefit is a new payment that will be made to a person who is on paternity leave from work and covered by social insurance (PRSI). It is available for any child born or adopted on or after 1 September 2016.

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.

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

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

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.

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 opens on 1 June 2016.

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.

Back to Work Family Dividend
Information on the new Back to Work Family Dividend. This payment gives extra support to lone parent and long-term jobseeker families with children who find or return to work from January 2015.

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
The age limit for One-Parent Family Payment (OFP) reduced to 7 years in July 2015. People who no longer qualify for OFP because their youngest child is over the age limit may be eligible for other income supports. This document outlines your options.



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