The Jobseeker’s Transitional payment is a special arrangement under the Jobseeker’s Allowance scheme that aims to support lone parents into the workforce while they have young children. The payment is known as JST.
This payment is available to people who are not cohabiting and whose youngest child is aged between 7 and 13 years inclusive.
If you were getting JST and stopped for some reason (for example because you found work or started to cohabit), you can requalify if you still satisfy the conditions of the scheme.
If you are no longer entitled to OFP, and your youngest child is aged 14 years or over, you can apply for the normal Jobseeker’s Allowance.
The rules that apply to Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) and JST are similar. The maximum weekly rate of payment is the same. The main differences between JA and JST are:
While you are getting JST you must sign a quarterly declaration to confirm that you are still entitled to JST. You must always declare any change in your circumstances including a change in your living arrangement or means that might affect your entitlement to JST.
You must satisfy the Jobseeker's Allowance means test. Income from work is assessed differently for JST (see below).
To be eligible for JST you must be habitually resident in Ireland, you must not be cohabiting and you must be capable of work. When your youngest child reaches 14 years of age, the normal Jobseeker Allowance conditions will apply to you.
When you start getting a Jobseeker's Transitional payment you will be scheduled to attend a meeting with one of the Department of Social Protection's Case Officers. The purpose of this meeting is to identify and access supports (such as education, training and employment schemes) that will prepare you for full-time employment. If you do not participate in this process, you may be paid a reduced rate of JST (a penalty rate) or you may be disqualified from getting your JST payment.
You can work and get JST. The amount of payment you get depends on your weekly means.
From January 2017, the first €110 of your gross weekly earnings is disregarded (or not taken into account). 50% of the balance is assessed as means.
If you are self-employed, this income disregard does not apply. Instead, your net profit (gross profit less expenses) is assessed as means.
Family Income Supplement is not payable with JST.
You cannot claim a half-rate Carer’s Allowance with JST. If you are parenting alone and qualify for a carer’s payment you continue to be eligible for a One-Parent Family Payment until your youngest child is 16. This means that you can claim OFP and a half-rate Carer’s Allowance together if you qualify for both payments.
Maximum personal rate
Increase for a qualified child
If you are getting JST you may qualify for Fuel Allowance (whether you have been getting OFP previously or not). You can claim a Back To School Clothing and Footwear Allowance and Rent Supplement. You cannot claim Rent Supplement if you are getting a student maintenance grant or if you are in full-time education.
You apply for the Jobseeker’s Transitional payment using the JST1 form. You can also get an application form from your Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office.
You can get help with filling in your application form at your Intreo Centre, Social Welfare Branch Office or nearest Citizens Information Centre.
If you think you have been wrongly refused Jobseeker's Transitional payment you can appeal the decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.