Free Welfare Rights Service

Free Welfare Rights Service

We provide a FREE Confidential Welfare Rights information Service! For all your Social Welfare and Medical Card queries or for some assistance with filling in Forms just drop into us. Our Clinic is open Monday – Thursday from 9.00AM – 1.00PM and Friday from 9.00AM – 12.30PM


By Shona Carney

**Back to Work Family Dividend payment**

The Back to Work Family Dividend (BTWFD) scheme aims to help families to move from social welfare into employment. It gives financial support to people with qualified children who are in or take up employment or self-employment and as a result STOP claiming a jobseeker’s payment or a one-parent family payment

• If you qualify for the scheme, you will get a weekly payment for up to 2 years. You will be paid the equivalent of any Increase for Qualified Children(€31.80) that were being paid on your jobseeker or one-parent family payment.
• You will get half that rate for the second year.
• The Back to Work Family Dividend can be paid with Working Family Payment (WFP) and is not taken into account in the means test for WFP
• You are not eligible for BTWFD if you or your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant is getting a social welfare payment or is on an employment or training scheme.
• BTWFD is not paid together with the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance.

Call us on 01-6233629 if you have any questions or call in to CEEDS and ask for Shona.
Opening times Welfare Rights Information Office: Mon-Thurs 9.00-13.00 and Friday 9.00-12.30

If you can’t get to CEEDS, you can send us a query on our website contact page. We will respond to you. Be sure to include your telephone number and an email address if you have one. Please do not send PPS numbers.





**One Parent Family Tax Credit** 

The Single Person Child Carer Credit (SPCCC) is a tax credit for
people who are caring for children on their own.

-Tax credits reduce the amount of tax that you have to pay.

-The Single Person Child Carer Credit is €1,650 in 2018.

-This is in ADDITION to a single person tax credit

-This will reduce the tax you pay by €31.73 per week.

-A person who gets the SPCCC is also entitled to an €4,000 extension in the standard rate band, which increases the rate band from €34,550 to €38,550.

-You may only claim one credit, even if you care for more than one child.

-It is only available to ONE parent – the parent who the child lives for a majority of the year

Where the court has awarded joint custody then the parent who receives the Child Benefit will receive the SPCCC.

The qualifying conditions are:
• That your child is either born in the tax year, is aged under 18 at the start of the tax year or over 18 but in full time education.
• As the claimant you must NOT be cohabiting or be jointly assessed for tax (either as married or civilly partnered)
• Not widowed or a surviving civil partner in the year for which you are making the claim.

Call us on 01-6233629 if you have any questions or call in to CEEDS and ask for Shona.

Opening times Welfare Rights Information Office: Mon-Thurs 9.00-13.00 and Friday 9.00-12.30







**Widowed/Surviving Civil Partner Grant**

The Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant is a once-off payment to widows, widowers or surviving civil partners with dependent children to provide income support after the death of their spouse/civil partner.

You must also be receiving or qualify for certain social welfare payments.

To check if you may qualify for this grant, call into the centre Mon-Thurs 9.00-13.00 and Friday 9.00-12.30 or call 01-6233629 and ask to speak to Shona.


“Here at CEEDS we provide a FREE confidential Welfare Rights Information Service for all your Social Welfare and other related queries”

**Household Benefits Package**

**The Household Benefits Package may help with the costs of running your household. The package is available to everyone aged over 70 and to SOME people under 70.

**The package includes an electricity or gas allowance and a Free Television Licence.

**The electricity or gas allowance pays €35 per month (€1.15 per day) towards the cost of either your electricity or gas supply (you cannot get an allowance for both).

**It is paid to your bank or post office account or as a credit on your bill.

**You can get the Free Television Licence from the next renewal date of your licence after you qualify for the package.

**Only one person in a household can qualify for the package.

**You will need to show that you are the registered gas or electricity consumer, by providing a utility bill.

**People aged between 66 and 70 MAY also qualify if they are getting a qualifying payment, such as the State Pension.

**If they are not getting a qualifying payment, they must satisfy a means test.

Call us on 01-6233629 if you have any questions or call in to CEEDS and ask for Shona.


if you are getting certain social welfare payments and you are providing FULL time care and attention to another person you MAY also qualify for half rate Carers Allowance. You must meet the criteria for Carer’s Allowance some of which is outlined below.

– Aged 18 and over, satisfy a MEANS TEST
– You must be living with the person you care for or reasonably
close by
– NOT be engaged in employment or training outside the home
for more than 15 hours a week.

The person being cared for must be so incapacitated as to require continuous supervision in order to avoid danger to him or herself OR continual supervision and assistance throughout the day, and be likely to require full time care and attention for a period of at least 12 months.

Medical reports from a doctor must also be provided.
This is subject to approval from The Department of Employment and Social protection.

Call us on 01-6233629 or call in Mon-Thurs 9.00-13.00 and Friday 9.00-12.30. We can help with any queries you may have!