Checklist for carers

The lists and links below are to help you to check out all the main services and entitlements for carers.

The headings in the left hand column of each section link to general documents on the subject, and those in the right hand column link to details of specific payments or services.

Payments to carers

Overview of payments to carers

There is a 50% extra payment if caring for 2 or more people.

Carer's Benefit (may be paid consecutively for 2 different people)

Carer's Allowance

Half-rate Carer's Allowance

Domiciliary Care Allowance

Extra payments

Additional social welfare benefits

Free travel

Household Benefits Package

Fuel Allowance

Carer's Support Grant

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme

Rent Supplement

Heating Supplement

Exceptional and Urgent Needs Payment

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance


Employment law for carers

Carer's leave

Keeping your social insurance record up to date

Homemaker's Scheme (PRSI record)

Credited social insurance contributions (PRSI record)

Access to HSE supports

Working/studying while caring

You can work or study for up to 18.5 hours a week and keep your carer's payment. Income earned may be taken into account for Carer's Allowance.

When caring finishes

You may qualify for an employment scheme or an education scheme.

You can get more information about when caring finishes in The way ahead (pdf).

Tax credits

Specific tax credits and allowances

Home Carer Tax Credit

Tax allowance to employ a carer

Incapacitated Child Credit

Page edited: 13 September 2021